One Liverpool pairing have made themselves invaluable simply through their availability. The Reds would be quite lost without them.
The general availability at Liverpool is not good. Virtually every player in the first-team has suffered a spell out of the team this season – some long-term.
So it’s actually quicker to just name the two who haven’t. Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson have been available every week, something that makes them invaluable to the Reds.
There are only four games this season where Robertson hasn’t played 90 minutes. One was a League Cup game where he didn’t play at all, two were Champions League games where he came off the bench, and another was a Champions League game were he went off early.
Robertson has played every Premier League minute – the only player who has. And that’s so incredibly vital.
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Liverpool thrive from their full-backs, after all. They offer the width to stretch play, as well as creativity – something shown by Robertson’s five assists.
Having the Scot there every week boosts the entire team, both tactically and in quality.
Robertson has gone on to become arguably the world’s best left-back since his £10m move. Always having him available feels like a real luxury right now.
Wijnaldum can’t quite boast Robertson levels of playing time. He only featured in five Champions League games, for one.
Wijnaldum hasn’t played every Premier League minute, either. He only got one against Everton and left at the hour mark against Crystal Palace.
Still, he’s the only midfielder who has featured anywhere close to this often. And that’s been a life-saver.
Wijnaldum’s versatility means he’s covered for every missing player. Fabinho’s in defence? Wijnaldum can play defensive midfield. Jordan Henderson is out? Wijnaldum can play box-to-box. Need an attacking midfielder? Here’s a goal against Wolves.
That has all been so incredibly valuable. Without Wijnaldum, Liverpool would have had no consistency in midfield whatsoever.
They also would have been forced to use players in roles they simply aren’t comfortable in. Fortunately, Wijnaldum appears comfortable in all midfield roles.
The £25m man has made the injury crisis infinitely easier.