Liverpool’s disappointing start to the season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw with newly-promoted Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday, and Reds fans weren’t impressed with Gini Wijnaldum’s performance.
The Dutchman started alongside Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho in midfield but he struggled to make an impact against his former club, with the latter’s brilliant strike from outside the penalty area being cancelled out by a goal from Joselu.
Wijnaldum has now failed to find the net or register a single assist in 11 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit this season, and it is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by those that watch him in the crowd on a weekly basis.
Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, and while some simply said the Netherlands international “isn’t a winner”, others said that ‘watching him was painful’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
We play with 10 men when Gini starts ..he's the invisible man so invisible fans forget all about him . #BlameSturridge
— Barry O'Sullivan (@BarryOsully) October 1, 2017
— Cola (@Percycola) October 1, 2017
#LFC can wonder all we want about Emre Can's value, but Gini was invisible today. Can is rarely perfect, but he's never invisible. Ever.
— christopherjawn (@flemso) October 1, 2017
Gini Wijnaldum has been abysmal away from home. No involvement whatsoever. #LFC
— Ryan Lehal (@Ryan19L) October 1, 2017
One other important not from #LFC game. I watched Gini for a lot of that 2nd half. He looked gassed. Didn’t look for spaces or show for ball
— Dark Machine (@DM2501) October 1, 2017
Gini is pointless away from home. At least at worst Can and Hendo battle. Watching him today has been painful. #LFC
— Brandon Jones (@Brantanomobay) October 1, 2017
— Mohammad Hammoudeh (@Hammoudeh201) October 1, 2017
Wijnaldum was never good enough. Never a Liverpool player in a million years. #LFC
— Timmy Robson (@WaveyTimz277) October 1, 2017
Wijnaldum needs to be dropped. Can is far better #lfc
— George (@GeorgeLFC10) October 1, 2017
Wijnaldum encapsulates Liverpool. When he's good he's very good but he goes missing too often, lacks ruthlessness and isn't a winner #LFC
— Blayne. (@_BabyKeith) October 1, 2017