Jurgen Klopp has proven to be one of the most transformative figures in the club’s illustrious 127-year history. The German boss radiates positivity. In the space of four years, he has transformed the club from one that had lost its way into the champions of the world and the runaway Premier League champions-elect.
No-one has had a bigger impact on Liverpool Football Club since Bill Shankly’s appointment 60 years ago.
With so much focus on the emotion and passion that Klopp brings to the job, the attention to detail of the man crowned FIFA Coach of the Year for 2019 is often overlooked. He prides himself on the marginal gains and one of his squad members who personifies the small strides that has led to a system that has become uncrackable for well over a year.
Georginio Wijnaldum is the glue that holds Liverpool’s team together. Not the obvious face to claim the plaudits but just as important all the same. Once again, the dynamic Dutchman has been an ever-present figure for Klopp’s European champions this campaign.
The former Newcastle midfielder has been the Reds’ most consistent midfielder in terms of availability yet again this season. Wijnaldum has already clocked up 32 appearances in all competitions and has missed just three matches from 43 through unavailability.
Wijnaldum’s work can often go unnoticed for those unassociated with Anfield. The 29-year-old is so quick, so elegant and effortlessly can keep with the pace of the game.
There isn’t a footballer in Klopp’s armoury who can use their body more effectively than the Netherland’s international. In a tight situation, Wijnaldum somehow always finds a way to emerge with the ball unscathed.
It’s not just his ability on the ball that can be overlooked but his defensive responsibilities as well. The workload Wijnaldum gets through each game is incredible. So subtle, so quick, Wijnaldum is constantly able to marshall across the midfield sweeping up and clearing danger.
There are so many elements to his game that it is difficult to pin down his greatest strength. In the best season of his life, Wijnaldum continues to prove how irreplaceable he has become to this winning-machine of a team.