Back in 1854 Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote one of the most famous narrative poems in British history: The Charge of the Light Brigade. Perhaps the most recited section of the poem is this one:
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the deep lying midfield
Rode Gini Wijnaldum
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Gini plays in a much more advanced, unleashed role for the Netherlands. The Reds star has scored eight goals in seven appearances during his country’s Euros qualifying campaign.
With Liverpool, the former Newcastle man sits deeper, he wins the ball and puts it into the reliable feet of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, or any of the front three.
Such is his defensive responsibility for the Reds, he has only scored once in 12 Premier League games this season. However, it is important to note that when we need him, he does pop up. When we were chasing a three goal deficit against Barcelona, Gini scored twice in the historic 4-0 win.
With the Reds – until recently – lacking goals from midfield, it is understandable that Kopites are confused as to why we have the Dutchman on a leash. They wants Gini Wijnaldum in a new role, a more advanced one.
To appease these cries would be to tinker with Jürgen Klopp’s perfect system. The Swiss watch that the German has constructed relies on each of its cogs and sprockets working in reliable synchronicity – to adjust the responsibilities of Gini would be to compromise this ontological pressing machine.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has returned to the fold to great effect. We need to trust that The Ox will continue to pop up with goals when we need him to, to give Gini Wijnaldum a new role would be far too great a risk.