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Profit Players: Georginio Wijnaldum

Profit Players: Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side leave it late to win the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with bitter rivals Everton unbeaten in the Premier League this season, having won ten and drawn the other three of their opening 13 league matches. And the Reds recorded win number 11 at Anfield on Sunday, but they needed help from Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who spilled Virgil van Dijk’s dipping volley into the path of Divock Origi, who headed home to score a 96th minute winner for Klopp’s side, and thus seal a 1-0 win over their Merseyside neighbours.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country, several of whom are hoping for even more from their side as the season wears on given they were relatively busy during the summer window.

In fact, the club’s hierarchy were praised for their efforts during the close season, a bit like they were back in the summer of 2016 when they sealed a £24.75 million deal (as per Transfermarkt) for Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman had enjoyed a great season at Newcastle United to thus earn a move to Anfield, and given just how influential and integral he has since become at Liverpool, he is certainly worth more to Klopp now than his £24.75 million price-tag.

Ultimately, Wijnaldum arrived at Anfield as a forward after scoring 11 goals and laying on five assists in 40 appearances for Newcastle in the 2015/16 campaign, one goal of which coming against Liverpool in the Magpies’ 2-0 win over the Reds in December 2015.

Yet his move to Merseyside has seen the 28-year-old deployed in a much deeper role in the middle of the park, and Klopp has certainly reaped the rewards from his bold call given Wijnaldum is now one of the best central midfielders at the club, and arguably one of the first names on the team-sheet.

The Netherlands international, capped 53 times by his country, missed just two Premier League games in his first season at Liverpool as Klopp’s men returned to the top four, with Wijnaldum scoring six goals and laying on nine assists that term, before going to appear 50 times in all competitions last time round in their run to the Champions League final.

In fact, the 28-year-old appeared in all but one of their 13 European games last term to further emphasise just how crucial he has become to Klopp at Anfield – and with starts in all but two of their 15 league games this time round, he continues to prove his worth to the Reds boss.

Yes, one could argue that the Merseyside giants are still lacking something in the middle of the park, but there is no doubting that Wijnaldum has become a vital player for Klopp following his arrival little over two years ago, appearing a total of 111 times for the Reds, scoring eight goals and laying on 16 assists in that time.

In fact, given just how integral he now is to Klopp, the 28-year-old is worth much more to the Reds chief than the £24.75 million they paid for him in the summer of 2016.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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