Gini Wijnaldum showed why many feel that he was wasted during his time at Liverpool with another goal for The Netherlands in their opening game of Euro 2020.
Frank De Boer’s side defeated Ukraine 3-2 in what was undoubtedly the best game of the tournament so far.
Captaining the side in Virgil van Dijk’s absence, it was former Liverpool star Wijnaldum that opened the scoring.
Wijnaldum will leave Anfield as a Liverpool legend after five seasons at the club.
He usually played as a defence-minded No 8 in Jurgen Klopp’s side, a role that he played to perfection.
However, his position for the Dutch national team is completely different. He plays as a No 10 and gets forward far more than he did for Liverpool.
This has helped him develop a fantastic scoring record for his nation in recent years.
He added another goal tonight in what was a huge game.
Wijnaldum gave an excellent attacking-midfield performance
As mentioned, Wijnaldum opened the scoring in tonight’s match.
He took his goal brilliantly, with a first-time left-footed finish high into the net.
It was one of five shots that he took in the game. Two of these were on target with two more blocked by Ukrainian defenders.
This is a far cry from his days at Liverpool. He only averaged 0.95 shots per 90 last season.
Wijnaldum also attempted three dribbles, completing two.
He created one big chance while maintaining an excellent pass success rate of 90%.
While he did the job that Jurgen Klopp asked of him to perfection, you have to fantasize about what could have been if Wijnaldum was allowed to play this free role during his Liverpool career.
Yes, the Reds had success with him as the No 8. But it would have been great to have seen him play that No 10 role every now and again to give us a different dimension.
Perhaps we will see him in the role in Paris going forward.