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Wijnaldum's disciplined role despite international immortality typifies Klopp's demands for perfection

Georginio Wijnaldum is currently in the form of his life for both club and country. The Netherlands international is operating at devastating levels on all fronts with his club side top of the Premier League pile whilst his country secured their Euro 2020 status on Saturday.

The former Newcastle United midfielder also netted a midweek hat-trick against Estonia on Tuesday as Holland cruised to a romping 5-0 victory.

Wijnaldum, 29, has been in irresistible form for Oranje netting seven goals in his previous six international matches to help his national side qualify for their first European championship since 2012.

However, despite his goal-scoring prowess for his country, Wijnaldum has only one league for Liverpool this season with the Dutchman playing in a more reserved role for his club side.

The former PSV star has to be more disciplined under Klopp with the German manager demanding more balance and delicacy in his play rather than the intense attacking style under Ronald Koeman and Holland.

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Wijnaldum’s importance to Liverpool was typified in their recent victory over Premier League champions Manchester City where the Red’s No.5 delivered a masterclass performance to completely boss proceedings against arguably the best midfield in Europe.

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From Premier League relegation to a Champions League winner, Wijnaldum’s rise to the top has been nothing short of miraculous. His importance to his club is so underappreciated and its only in the big matches where his qualities become obvious to supporters.

The former Feyenoord man has become one of Klopp’s pinpoints in the German’s trusted midfield trident. Wijnaldum has adapted his game to allow both his club and country to perform at the optimal level.

Wijnaldum’s unselfishness to hide from the limelight for his club despite scoring on all fronts for his country epitomises Klopp’s demand for perfection. The former Borussia Dortmund head coach has developed a group of players that can consistently adapt their game to suit the needs of the team.

Unbeaten for both club (in the league) and country this season, it’s no wonder that both of Winjanldum’s beneficiaries are thriving following the form of the Ballon d’Or nominee and long may it continue.


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