Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday evening.
An excellent finish from Curtis Jones followed by an own-goal from Kean Bryan were enough to secure the three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side, which leaves them just two points outside of the top-four spots.
One man who impressed with his performance against the Blades was experienced midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
In the absence of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, the Reds needed their other midfielders to step up against a physical Blades side and Wijnaldum barely put a foot wrong during the 90 minutes.
As per SofaScore, the 30-year-old would pick up a solid 7.2 match rating for his display, with only Adrian, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson rated higher of the Liverpool players on the night.
The former Newcastle man was the captain for the game and he produced a captain-like display, completing 56/59 of his passes, resulting in a superb pass accuracy of 95% – even better than the 92% pass accuracy registered by master-passer Thiago.
Considering the Dutch international has averaged a 91.9% pass accuracy in the Premier League so far this season, it shows that he was even more impressive than usual at Bramall Lane.
Wijnaldum was also able to contribute two key passes, which was more than both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, as he was often the driving force and attacking threat in midfield.
Although he only contested two duels during the game, he won both of them, and he also gave away possession on just four occasions during the 90 minutes, suggesting that he was just too good for Sheffield United’s midfielders.
He was also unlucky to be denied by Aaron Ramsdale with a rasping shot from the edge of the area, from which Firmino failed to put away the rebound.
Therefore, it was arguably a near-perfect display from the midfielder, who earns £90k per week at Liverpool, and he definitely stole the show for Klopp’s side in a game that they desperately needed to win.