Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was once again able to showcase his class for the Netherlands on Wednesday night, as his late goal secured a 2-1 win for Oranje against Poland.
The 30-year-old captained his side to victory in Chorzow and was on hand to score an 84th-minute winner to complete the turnaround for Frank de Boer’s side (per SofaScore).
It continues the former Newcastle United man’s impressive international scoring stats, as he now has 15 goals in 62 caps for his country (per Transfermarkt).
This will perhaps be a cause for confusion amongst some Liverpool fans, as in 199 appearances for the Reds, he has just 19 goals, showing that he is much more prolific when he plays for his country.
The midfielder, who earns £75,000-a-week according to Spotrac, has endured a disappointing start to the 2020/21 season with Liverpool, having averaged a poor 6.54 rating across his eight appearances in the Premier League thus far (per WhoScored).
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping therefore that Wijnaldum will return to Anfield after the international break in much more confident form, as if he were to maintain his current level of performances in the Premier League, you would imagine it wouldn’t be too long until the German manager were to drop him.
The Dutch international has been a big part of Liverpool’s successes in recent years, perhaps most notably for his two goals in Liverpool’s incredible 4-0 Champions League semi-final win against Barcelona and this most recent international performance demonstrates his quality.
As per SofaScore, the 30-year-old earned a 7.5 rating for his display, with only Memphis Depay and Poland goalscorer Kamil Jozwiak rated higher on the night.
Wijnaldum enjoyed an impressive pass accuracy rate of 93%, with 26/28 of his passes finding their mark. He also made two key passes and lost the ball on just 11 occasions, suggesting that he was very proficient with the ball at his feet.
He also matched this technical ability with a real battling performance, as he won nine out of 16 ground duels, and two out of four aerial duels during the game, also winning the penalty which Depay dispatched to equalise.
Klopp will surely be delighted with Wijnaldum’s all-round impressive display and will be hoping for a similar performance when Liverpool face Leicester City at Anfield in their next Premier League fixture.
In addition, the Dutchman also sent an important message to Michael Edwards that even though he might be in the final year of his Anfield contract, he still has plenty to offer the Reds.