Liverpool are 8 points clear at the top of the table after 8 games. It is a record gap. No team has ever been this far ahead after so few games. However, one thing has plagued Liverpool’s ambitious charge for the title: a lack of midfield spark. The Reds have relied heavily on the precise delivery of their full backs as well as the brilliance of their ferocious front 3. The midfield have been solid defensively this season but are yet to show the spark that Liverpool need in order to secure a Premier League title. Jürgen Klopp needs to give Gini Wijnaldum a new role in his midfield.
Manchester City are the Reds closest challengers for the title. They have 2 world class players in every single position and their midfield is key to their success. They boast two of the league’s greatest ever playmakers in Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. The Belgian has been crucial to Man City in recent years as he has carved open defences with impossible passes and regularly got himself on the scoresheet. At the minute, Liverpool don’t have an attacking threat in the midfield.
Before his arrival on Merseyside, Gini Wijnaldum was a goalscoring attacking midfielder for Newcastle. He even scored 4 in 1 game for the Magpies against Norwich in 2015. At Liverpool he has adopted a role as a versatile, tireless worker – a shuttle between defence and attack. Jürgen Klopp needs to give Gini Wijnaldum a new attacking role, he needs to unleash the Dutchman. Fabinho has been in world beating form in defensive midfield, Gini can be confident that his Brazilian buddy can hold down the fort whenever he ventures forward. If the Reds want to maintain their title challenge, they’ll need more goals from midfield – Gini can deliver.