Who exactly did Gini Wijnaldum play with on his Liverpool debut? We have a look back on the day he’ll likely play his final game for the club.
Gini Wijnaldum made his Liverpool debut back in 2016. He was a £25m signing in Jurgen Klopp’s first summer, having just been relegated with Newcastle United.
He stepped straight into the starting XI for a game away at Arsenal on the 14th of August 2016. It was a special game, too, as Liverpool won 4-3 at the Emirates in a great performance.
The XI Wijnaldum played with that day was very different the one he leaves Liverpool with, though.
So let’s have a look:
Gini Wijnaldum makes his Liverpool debut
Simon Mignolet – GK
Mignolet was starting his fourth season at the club and admittedly didn’t have the finest reputation. He’d spend the next two years battling for the no.1 spot before losing out to Alisson. Mignolet left the club in 2019.
Nathaniel Clyne – RB
Clyne probably should have had a better Liverpool career. He was a very solid right-back for a couple of years, though, before losing his spot to Trent Alexander-Arnold. He left Liverpool last year. Got an assist in this one, though.
Dejan Lovren – CB
Sometimes Lovren looked elite, sometimes he looked barely capable of playing in the Premier League. Overall, though, the Croatian had a good career with the Reds. He was sold a year ago in what proved to be a grave mistake.
Ragnar Klavan – CB
A cult hero who operated as a fourth-choice centre-back in his time with Liverpool. As we now know, that’s a very important role.
Alberto Moreno – LB
Moreno didn’t have the finest Liverpool career and let’s leave the critique at that. He left the club in 2019 after a difficult time.
Gini Wijnaldum – CM
The man himself. This was Wijnaldum’s debut and he kicked it off with an assist for the second goal. The start of a memorable Liverpool career.
Jordan Henderson – CM
Amazingly, the first teammate on this list who’s still very much with the club. Liverpool’s captain, talisman and leader – what an incredible career he’s having.
Adam Lallana – CM
This would end up being a brilliant season for Lallana, starting with a goal and an assist in this one. He came into his own under Jurgen Klopp, leading the press and linking play. Injuries would halt things, however, and Lallana left the club a year ago.
Sadio Mane – RW
This was Mane’s Liverpool debut, too, and he marked it with a winning goal. Typical. He also played from the right in a pre-Mohamed Salah side. He’s still with the club, of course.
Roberto Firmino – CF
This was the start of Firmino being Liverpool’s undisputed centre-forward. That transition changed the team and set them on course to the world’s best attack. Another who’s still with the Reds.
Philippe Coutinho – LW
Liverpool’s star man at the time. Coutinho would go on to have a fantastic campaign that established him as a superstar. Not just for the Reds, either, but globally. Two goals in this one, including a free-kick right on half-time. He’d only stay another 18 months, of course.
Emre Can – Can had a decent time with Liverpool but chose an awful time to leave on a free. We imagine he regrets that one, though.
Divock Origi – Origi had a lot of potential at this time – potential he hasn’t really reached. At the same time, he’s left a far bigger mark on the club than anyone predicted. An enigma.
Kevin Stewart – Stewart showed promise but will instead be remembered as the player who went the other way when Liverpool signed Andy Robertson.