Wijnaldum’s passing was perfect in routine Liverpool win over Bournemouth

Liverpool kept the momentum generated by their emphatic Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City going with a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Yet again, it was Mo Salah who grabbed the headlines, this time for an impudent header over Asmir Begovic, which was his 40th goal of the season across all competitions.

Along with Salah’s strike, the electric Reds front three – including Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – all found the back of the net but there was an understated displacy of perfection just behind them, in the home midfield.

Gigi Wijnaldum – valued at £27m by Transfermarkt – did not misplace a single pass, finding the intended target with every one of his 42.

With four key passes, he was clearly trying to make things happen but that did not hamper his ability to find a team-mate at all and he also embarked on one dribble from his 50 touches as well.

The Dutchman’s control over proceedings, combined with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s development this season and the impending arrival of Naby Keita in the summer mean that the engine room is becoming a very exciting area indeed for Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool fans.