Liverpool simply must return Gini Wijnaldum to the starting XI Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The 28-year-old’s performances have become so influential in our midfield he has quickly become one of the first names on the Liverpool team sheet. His ability to link the defence and attack is second to none. The Reds’ midfield is just not as effective when he is missing.

Jurgen Klopp opted to drop Wijnaldum for Liverpool’s midweek game against Napoli and the team suffered as a result, taking their first loss of the season.

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A midfield three of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho started the game and it just didn’t work. The team looked bereft of energy in his absence. Building up play from defence to attack was slow and unimaginative.

Liverpool truly missed the energy and creativity Wijnaldum brings to the centre of the park every time he plays.

 

Reds all over the world should be hoping Wijnaldum returns to the starting line-up to help Liverpool get back to winnings ways.

The Dutch international has started all five of Liverpool’s opening games in the league and the Reds have picked up five wins in the process.

This stat is not a coincidence; Wijnaldum really is that important to our team.

Starting him away at Chelsea gives Liverpool the best chance of emerging with all three points to make it six wins out of six in the league.

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