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Liverpool fans on Twitter fume at Klopp for Wijnaldum decision

Liverpool fans on Twitter fume at Klopp for Wijnaldum decision - Liverpool

There was no secret going into the Reds’ clash with Barcelona at the Camp Nou that Roberto Firmino was an injury concern. Regardless, with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge able to deputise, it was a baffling decision that Jurgen Klopp opted to start Georginio Wijnaldum as a false #9, a move that cost them.

Wijnaldum may be one of the most versatile players around, having featured in pretty much every position on the football pitch at some point in his career. However, he simply isn’t a striker, and whilst Firmino may thrive in that false #9 role as he can freely create space for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to wreak havoc out wide, it doesn’t come as naturally to Wijnaldum, and that showed yesterday.

The Dutchman certainly wasn’t short of work rate and effort, but it was just too big of an occasion for him as he tried to adapt and thrive in a new area of the pitch. It took 78 minutes for Klopp to withdraw the former Newcastle man, and the Kopites were both fuming at Klopp for his decision to use Wijnaldum out of position and for waiting so long before making a change that could have seen them get a bit more zip in front of goal.

You can read the Reds’ thoughts on Klopp’s Wijnaldum decisions here:

The Reds could not believe it as Wijnaldum trudged about up front to little effect for so long, and were not at all pleased with Klopp for allowing it to happen.


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