Wijnaldum’s authoritative performance vs. Everton in numbers

It was by no means a classic game last night, but Liverpool fans will not care one bit after watching their side overcome bitter rivals Everton 0-1 at Goodison Park.

The Reds, who were on the back foot for much of the first-half, grew into the game as the minutes racked up, but it looked as if Jurgen Klopp’s usually free-scoring side would be unable to break down a stubborn Toffees rearguard.

However, Daniel Sturridge dragged a bobbling shot from the edge of the area that wriggled past Joel in the Everton goal before coming back off of the post and into the path of Sadio Mane, who gleefully prodded home deep into stoppage time.

Although the Senegalese match-winner grabbed a lot of headlines, we at FootballFanCast were wowed by Georginio Wijnaldum in the Liverpool midfield, with the Dutchman putting in an understated, yet influential showing…

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As the numbers show, the ex-Newcastle man completed 96% (the highest of any player on the pitch) of his 67 passes, and was heavily involved in the build-up play with 80 touches. He also got forward to fire two shots at goal, while working hard in the engine room by making two tackles and one interception.

He may not attract much attention, but Wijnaldum is quietly becoming a key figure in Klopp’s XI.