Loads of Liverpool fans have been giving their verdict on Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 win, and there’s plenty of praise for the often-unheralded Georginio Wijnaldum.
After making his name for Newcastle as a goalscoring midfield who loved to drive into the box with Frank Lampard-esque timing, Wijnaldum’s transformation at Liverpool has been remarkable.
Jurgen Klopp has turned the Dutch international into one of the most well-rounded box-to-box midfielders in the world, a role which is perfectly suited to the composed, mature and ridiculously athletic 28 year-old.
Roberto Firmino has thrown a party themed around the colour of his teeth! Watch the video below to find out what we’re talking about…
Perhaps the one mark against his overall game is a lack of goals – he had scored just once in the league before Saturday – but it was him who put the game to bed with a delightful goal.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a header, but Wijnaldum stole the show when he latched onto an Andy Robertson pass, controlled the ball beautifully with his first touch and then gently lobbed it over the helpless Artur Boruc.
The all-action midfielder, who Klopp claimswas badly ill before the match, completed 91 per cent of his passes, made three key passes and one tackle, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Can anyone explain to me how Gini became this important? I mean I’ve always liked him but christ I think he makes us tick. #LFC
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) February 9, 2019
Close second to VVD for player of the season for me. Wrap him up in cotton wool please Jurgen
— Little Miss K Aden (@KadraAden) February 9, 2019
He was a monster today easily MOM
— David Agnew (@Liverpool1981) February 9, 2019
He is probably the best midfielder I have ever seen at using his body to protect the ball and retain possession
— Manpreet Dhadwal (@ManpreetDhadwal) February 9, 2019
He’s developed better chemistry with the backline and front three than any of our other mid players. Fab more of a defensive long ball player, Keita still settling, Shaq more offensively minded. Gini is the perfect box to box compliment for the team.
— ADIL LAK (@ADIL_LAK) February 9, 2019
This season mate, he’s been immense and Fab plays so much better with Gini in the side.
— Ryan Huggins (@r8hugs) February 9, 2019
I love him so much. Does the right thing with the ball all the time
— Paul Milligan (@mrpaulmilligan) February 9, 2019
doesnt rush it, plays it simple. such phenomenal ball control & protection. clever movement. and an absolute relentless warrior. plays w his head.
— Sean Garvey (@seangarvey86) February 9, 2019
Had a great season so far. A few more goals wouldn’t go amiss, but he is at the heart of every good performance
— owen colley (@owencolley5) February 9, 2019