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What type of midfielder should replace Wijnaldum? - RTK view

With Gini Wijnaldum having left Liverpool to join PSG this summer, the Reds need to sign a new midfielder.

While the club may take their chances with the current players at the club, the reality is that too many of them are injury-prone.

We already know about Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago all tend to pick up injuries as well.

It would almost be negligent to not replace the club’s most-used midfielder.

The big question is what type of midfielder should Liverpool sign?

Do they go for a player that has the same style as Wijnaldum, or do they go for a different profile?

Should Liverpool sign an attacking midfielder and change the system?

The worry for Jurgen Klopp will be the possibility of his system being worked out.

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The 4-3-3 with two hard-working No 8’s has served the club incredibly well for a few seasons.

As we know, the creation comes from the fullbacks, with the midfield providing cover.

But will teams have worked the system out? Will it continue to work for the foreseeable future?

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Wijnaldum offered a lot to the team.

He was almost always in the right position at the right time. He could receive the ball in the tightest of spaces and retain it with ease.

The Dutchman offered leadership, understanding of the system and top, top quality.

However, despite his obvious ability to do so, he did not score or assist many goals. That just wasn’t his job, unlike with the national team.

So, should Liverpool sign someone with the exact same characteristics?

A Nicolo Barella, Manuel Locatelli or Yves Bissouma would fulfil a similar role to Wijnaldum. All would be great signings and will become top players, but it would mean that the same system is retained.

Or do Liverpool try get their hands on a midfielder that is going to get forward and score and assist goals?

Not necessarily a No 10, but almost a Steven Gerrard-like No 8. Someone that can score goals, but also do a lot of defensive work.

A Lorenzo Pellegrini or a Marcos Llorente, perhaps.

It is a big question that Jurgen Klopp will have to answer very soon, if not already.

The future of the team depends on it.

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