Liverpool just about got the job done against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Reds won 2-1 in the end, but that was only after the Cherries had taken the lead through Callum Wilson early on in the first half.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were on hand to turn it around and give the European champions all three points – not only did it stop a little blip that had seen them lose their last two matches, it also put them 25 points clear at the top of the table.
Having said that, it wasn’t a stellar Liverpool performance, and some players failed to live up to the required standards – one of whom, in the eyes of the fans, was Nertherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum.
I’m so sick of Wijnaldum man
— Himanshu (@Himanshu_Lfc) March 7, 2020
Wijnaldum so dull
— G•E•R•R•A•R•D•O™ (@iamgerrardoxa) March 7, 2020
Wijnaldum: can’t shoot. can’t dribble. one second late with passes. gets a lot of the benefit of the doubt
— Theo (@thphls) March 7, 2020
It certainly wasn’t the 29-year-old’s best display. He managed a WhoScored rating of just 6.47 and made just one tackle.
Others, meanwhile, were unhappy with the direction of his passes.
Better than wijnaldum all he does it go backwards and slow the game down
— Rohan (@Rohan___11) March 7, 2020
Wijnaldum is acc such a clown …. on the attack turns around all the way and passes back…
Lallana b4 keita… ehm
— Thomas🇮🇪🔴 (@TMLFC17) March 7, 2020
In all fairness, he did manage to land 93% of his passes, but that is a lot easier to do when you are passing backwards rather than forwards.
Others failed to even notice him for a fair portion of the game.
Genuinely think Wijnaldum could get away with murder. If Henderson, Keita or Fabinho has one bad game, they get ridiculed. Wijnaldum hasn’t had a solid performance all season, forget hes playing till the 40th minuet. So inconsistent.
— Maxi (@Maxi_1892) March 7, 2020
Apparently wijnaldum had a good game today. I must have been watching the wrong game. Absolute passenger for 90 minutes
— Will Benson (@willb_17) March 7, 2020
Literally just realized Wijnaldum is actually on the pitch
— G ☝🏻🤚🏻 (@SportrmpMusty) March 7, 2020
In his role for Jurgen Klopp’s side, he is not expected to contribute too much going forward – he has just three goals, and has not been able to provide a single assist in the top flight this season.
However, it appears these Liverpool fans want to see a lot more from him.