Gini Wijnaldum scores again for the Netherlands in a 2-1 win over Poland. A new role could await him with Liverpool.
Gini Wijnaldum scores far more for the Netherlands than he does Liverpool. His 84th-minute winner against Poland on Wednesday followed a brace on Sunday.
That means Wijnaldum has 11 goals in his last 16 games for the Netherlands. He has 11 goals in 107 games for Liverpool over the last three seasons.
The Netherlands use Wijnaldum as a more advanced midfielder, though. They typically have Frenkie de Jong and Davy Klassenn behind him, letting him get into the box more.
And perhaps Liverpool could use this. Their defensive problems are so severe that an all-out attack is surely the only way to save the season and Wijnaldum could play into that.
The 30-year-old is clearly a goalscoring option when used in a particular way. Liverpool have never really used him as one, however, and Wijnaldum is more of a midfield-controller than anything.
But if Liverpool want a score-more-than-you approach, perhaps it’s time to let him off the lead.
Maybe that’s using him as a no.10. Maybe they could simply give Wijnaldum a license to break from midfield in a 4-4-2.
Either way, he’s an underutilised goal threat at a time when Liverpool want to score as many as possible.
Wijnaldum shows two great traits as an attacking player, after all. He has great movement and pops up at the right times. On top of that, he can finish. His header against Poland was remarkable from a player not exactly known for his dominance in the air.
So altogether, moving him forward could prove a worthwhile strategy for a Liverpool team who can’t rely on their defence.