During his international duties, Georginio Wijnaldum showcased a version of himself rarely seen at Liverpool this season.
Indeed, playing in a similar 4-3-3 formation, the industrial midfielder was encouraged to go forward more often, something which worked to great effect.
For Jurgen Klopp, Wijnaldum isn’t necessarily allowed much freedom to go forward. Most of his work revolves around distributing the ball all around the park, as proved in him averaging 52.79 passes per game (stats via Premier League) for the Reds. He is responsible for just getting the ball forward to his front-three, who are seemingly burdened more than anything with Liverpool’s goal-scoring concerns right now.
However, when their trio fails to deliver, Liverpool end up crumbling into a heap with no proper option in attack. This is a stigma which could end if Klopp decides to trust Wijnaldum’s creativity in the final third. The Dutch midfielder scored a goal and assisted another in multiple Euro 2020 qualifiers and was very impressive under a more attacking role, having also impressed during his season with Newcastle United during his first season in England.
Ronald Koeman has certainly unlocked something in him, potentially handing Liverpool – ironic for a former Everton boss – a solution in their title race with Manchester City.
He not only flung the ball around the final third, but Wijnaldum also got into promising positions inside the box, allowing him to score and assist. Right now, Jurgen Klopp rarely allows him inside the box and he’s forced to take shots from outside the box as a result.
However, with Liverpool requiring more unpredictability in the attack, unshackling the Dutchman could be clever.
Wijnaldum should be given more control to help his front-three flourish, while adding himself as a prime attacking threat who sparks up Liverpool’s momentum and help them see out a thrilling finish to the season.
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