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Liverpool: Wijnaldum has shocker vs Leeds

Liverpool failed to make it four consecutive Premier League victories on Monday as they drew 1-1 with Leeds United at Elland Road.

Sadio Mane looked like being the match-winner for the Reds on the night as he scored his first league goal in his last ten games by tapping home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross.

However, the hosts were not to be denied as Diego Llorente outjumped on-loan Ozan Kabak to nod in a late equaliser for Marcelo Bielsa’s troops.

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Despite turning in what was a confident first-half performance, the Reds shrunk after the restart, with Georginio Wijnaldum as guilty as anyone in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Starting in a midfield three alongside Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho, the Dutchman was drastically underwhelming throughout the evening.

Rated at £31.5m, Wijnaldum could only complete a total of 16 passes throughout the entire match according to WhoScored, with none of those being key to any of Liverpool’s attacking play.

For context, Reds stopper Alisson managed to rack up 22 of his own – a damning statistic on the part of the former Newcastle United man.

He also had two shots on target for Liverpool too, frustrating his teammates by sending them both off target.

Whilst Wijnaldum proved to be a supremely wasteful figure when on the ball, he proved to be somewhat non-effective off of it when attempting to limit the home side to opportunities.

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The Dutchman could only produce one tackle, an interception and a further clearance throughout the game. James Milner, who was playing alongside Wijnaldum in the heart of the Liverpool team, more than doubled that with his six defensive contributions.

So with Jurgen Klopp once again putting faith in the midfielder at Elland Road, the German will be bitterly disappointed by Wijnaldum’s utterly underwhelming showing.

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