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Why De Jong would be an upgrade on Wijnaldum

Signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona wouldn’t just make supporters forget all about Georginio Wijnaldum, it would take Jurgen Klopp’s system to the next level.

According to Spanish news outlet AS, Barcelona are willing to sell de Jong.

Liverpool are one of the teams who should be interested in the Dutchman.

Xavi believes Pedri and Gavi, two huge Barca talents, can fill any void left by de Jong.

Not only would he become world-class at Liverpool but he would take the Reds’ midfield play to another level and at 24, he’s just about to enter his prime.

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Possibly the biggest criticism of Winaldum, a player I love to watch, by the way, is that he isn’t proactive and doesn’t play in a progressive way and although that was a byproduct of his role in the Liverpool team, he isn’t capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker.

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At least, not while having to put in the work he did in Liverpool’s side where his main job was to recover the ball and recycle it.

It seemed as though Jurgen Klopp instructed him to move the ball out wide to the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as soon as possible.

Signing de Jong must now be a priority for Liverpool. When Thiago was signed, it was an exception to the transfer rules that FSG have in place which dictate new signings have must have huge upside in the transfer market.

De Jong would both defy and follow the club’s transfer rules as he is young, has huge potential for growth, seems like a good lad and likely wouldn’t disturb the squad morale but there is also massive potential for his market value to increase.

Transfermarkt reports that he is valued at £81m and even if Liverpool had to stump up that kind of cash, he’d instantly be a starter at Anfield and with Klopp’s current midfield functional at best, a trio of him, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara would be the best in the Premier League.

De Jong is essentially a progressive, attacking version of Wijnaldum and while he might not be as defensively sound as the former PSV midfielder, there is no doubt he could reach that level with time.

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