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De Jong hints that Liverpool made a big Wijnaldum mistake

Ex-Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong has hinted that Liverpool may have made a big mistake involving Georginio Wijnaldum.

Wijnaldum will leave the Reds at the end of his contract this week. He will sign for French giants PSG.

He had been starring for the Netherlands at Euro 2020 before their shock exit to the Czech Republic in the last 16.

The 30-year-old scored three goals in the group stage as the Dutch won three games out of three.

His fellow Dutchman De Jong has hinted that Liverpool may regret not using him in the No 10 role that he plays for his country during his time at Anfield.

Speaking to ITV (via the Mirror) before the Czech Republic game, De Jong said: “If you look at the position he plays for Holland, he plays a more advanced role and he has the opportunity to score more goals.

“That was the difference between how he played for Liverpool and when he played for Holland.

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“He is one of the most important players for Holland and even has more goals than [Marco] Van Basten.”

Was De Jong right on Wijnaldum?

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It is easy to look at Wijnaldum’s record for Holland and say that Liverpool should have used him in the same way.

After all, he does play the attacking midfield role at an incredibly high level for Oranje.

So it is only natural to wonder whether he would have had more success at Liverpool if he had the same freedom.

But then you look at what he won at Anfield playing as a more defensive No 8.

His role was crucial in winning the Champions League and Premier League.

Would Liverpool really have one more if they were playing a completely different system? We are not so sure.

Maybe it would have been nice to have seen it in games that we were losing, but we have to agree with Jurgen Klopp’s judgement for the most part.

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