Fabinho says Liverpool 'already' have their Gini Wijnaldum replacement
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Fabinho says Liverpool 'already' have their Gini Wijnaldum replacement

Fabinho believes Liverpool have already replaced Gini Wijnaldum. The Dutchman left the club on a free transfer this summer.

Fabinho doesn’t believe Liverpool need to dip into the transfer market to replace Gini Wijnaldum. He feels the Reds already have the right players at the club.

Wijnaldum left for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, of course. His contract ended and Liverpool let him go, seemingly unwilling to meet his demands.

That’s despite the 30-year-old playing a vital role last season. Not only did Wijnaldum play well but he was also the only senior midfielder who didn’t get injured.

That kind of reliability and consistency is rare at the club but Liverpool haven’t moved to sign anyone new. Fabinho, though, doesn’t think they have to.

“Our squad has already shown we have good players to replace him,” said Fabinho, per the Mirror. “I think the midfield is the part of the team where we have more players.

“Hendo [Jordan Henderson], me, Thiago, ­Curtis [Jones], Millie [James Milner], Naby Keita, a lot of players can play in this position.

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“I’m not worried.”

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On paper, that really is enough to replace Wijnaldum. Two players, in particular, stand out.

Thiago will take Wijnaldum’s first-XI spot, certainly. He’ll partner Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in a three as we imagine he’d have done last season.

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So in that regard, no – Liverpool don’t need to sign a senior midfielder to replace Wijnaldum.

Then there’s Jones. We think he was far, far better last season than people realise and, potentially, the perfect Wijnaldum replacement.

If he kicks on again as he has the last two season, Jones will quickly step into the Dutchman’s shoes.

But we still have one big worry. Jones is literally the only player Fabinho mentioned who doesn’t have a worrying injury record. Everyone else has had lengthy spells out not just last season but the year before, too.

That’s why we think Liverpool still need to sign someone. While this is enough on paper, we’re not sure it is in reality. The Reds could still find themselves short, despite all the talent.

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