Wijnaldum has become Liverpool’s unsung hero this season

In every football team there are headline-makers and star attractions, but sometimes it is the players that simply go about their business that keep the club moving in the right direction.

Whenever Liverpool are mentioned it would make sense to first think of Mohamed Salah or even Virgil van Dijk for their impacts on the team since arriving at the club last season.

Jurgen Klopp’s scintillating style of play will automatically have fans waxing lyrical about his forward trio – Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

However, this season the attacking partnerships have been relatively lacklustre and disjointed.

Liverpool find themselves second in the Premier League table on level points with leaders Manchester City, but their success so far has not been down to the forward three.

One man who has consistently performed well for the Reds during the 2018-19 campaign is Georginio Wijnaldum, but he has not received widespread recognition.

Georginio Wijnaldum 2018-19 season stats for Liverpool

The Dutchman was in and out of Klopp’s team last season, but since the new campaign kicked off he has featured in all nine top flight matches, starting all but one.

The manager has rotated his midfield by interchanging Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, but Wijnaldum has played in every league game.

The 27-year-old started on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town following the international break, but he made an impact when he came on as a substitute.

So far this season Wijnaldum has been showcasing his ability as a complete midfielder by contributing to the attacking effort with attempts on goal, while also committing crucial tackles to break up the opponents’ play.

The Dutchman’s passing accuracy has been almost perfect and he is proving to be a reliable cog in Klopp’s machine.

Not many people have been talking about Wijnaldum’s consistently strong performances, but if it means that he continues in this vein then Liverpool fans will want to keep it that way.