Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum enjoyed his international break with the Netherlands. The 28-year-old played 180 minutes for the Dutch picking up two goals and two wins with his national side.
Wijnaldum is a constant source of goals for the Dutch, with seven goals in 11 games. So Liverpool fans may ask when the midfielder will replicate these exploits at Anfield?
The truth is he is never going to and here’s why.
First things first, let me just say if Wijnaldum was expected to score goals in this Liverpool side he would.
Perhaps the most talented Dutch player, he is expected to make and score goals for his country. Ronald Koeman has pretty much given him a free role which sees the Netherlands profit at the top end of the pitch.
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The generally higher position Wijnaldum takes up for Holland results in more goals; it’s not rocket science.
In contrast, under Jürgen Klopp the Liverpool midfielder is not expected to be a goal-scorer. The Reds have three of the most prolific finishers in football to do that for us.
Occupying a deeper position, Wijnaldum’s job is to break up play and turn defence into attack as quickly as possible; role he plays perfectly for this Liverpool side.
Wijnaldum may play differently while on international duty but certainly not better. The consistent shifts he puts in for this Liverpool side should not be overlooked.
He may never be a prolific source of goals at Anfield but he certainly plays a big part in our success.