Here are three reasons why Liverpool reportedly won’t replace Gini Wijnaldum this summer. The Dutchman looks certain to leave the club after five years.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They’ve laid out three reasons why Liverpool won’t replace Gini Wijnaldum this summer.
They say midfield isn’t a priority for the Reds. Even though Wijnaldum will leave with the expiration of his contract, the club is happy with what they’ve got.
So let’s have a look at the supposed reasons why.
Jordan Henderson will return from injury this summer for England and – assuming he doesn’t get injured again – be ready to start for Liverpool in August.
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That would be a big boost and immediately gives Liverpool a clear first-choice midfield with the captain, Fabinho and Thiago. With this one, the Reds are essentially saying that Henderson replaces Wijnaldum in the end-of-season lineup.
We imagine there will be a good few fans who aren’t too happy with that. After all, Liverpool started last season with all four as options. Going into next season with just three does feel like a downgrade.
But perhaps that’s because of reason #2.
The Echo’s report claims Thiago’s form towards the end of the season gives Liverpool confidence. They’re apparently willing to back him as a star next season, easing the need for a star midfielder.
So while Henderson will replace Wijnaldum from the team that ended the season, Thiago essentially replaces him from the title-winning side. And that’s not a bad move, really.
We were taken aback with how good the Spaniard was over the final month or two. Thiago went from looking like a misfit to running the show and that’s very, very exciting.
It’s hard to say that Thiago would be an upgrade on Wijnaldum, given the Dutchman was an integral part of a magnificent Liverpool team. But the former Bayern Munich star does offer some incredible skills that few players can.
And if Liverpool want to go all-in on them next season, we don’t really have a problem with that.
Curtis Jones to step up
So here’s reason no.3. Liverpool believes Curtis Jones can continue his development and take over Wijnaldum’s role.
That’s putting a lot of pressure on a 20-year-old with one senior season under his belt. At the same time, we’d back Jones to succeed.
He’s been impressive from the get-go and keeps improving. In our opinion, Liverpool are right to back Jones as their Wijnaldum replacement.
Jones has shown enough to suggest he’s a star in the making. And with Henderson and Thiago taking most of the reigns, putting some faith in the Scouser could pay dividends.