Three reasons why Georginio Wijnaldum is good Liverpool signing
Three reasons why Georginio Wijnaldum will be success at Liverpool
Adds more goals
Jurgen Klopp is clearly addressing the lack of goals in his Liverpool side in this summer transfer market. The Reds hit a low at one stage in the Premier League last season after a return of 22 goals in 20 games – their worst return since 1971. Only Roberto Firmino hit double figures in the Premier League. But Sadio Mane – who scored 11 and 12 goals in back-to-back seasons at St James’s Park – should help address that issue. Georginio Wijnaldum had no trouble finding the back of the net last season, either. The Netherlands international scored 11 times in 38 Premier League appearances in his first season in England – all for a club that was ultimately relegated.
If the Liverpool manager is going to mould his squad into Premier League champions then signing title winners would be a help. Wijnaldum has such experience. The 25-year-old midfielder was a key part of PSV Eindhoven’s side alongside Memphis Depay that won the Eredivisie title in 2015. The Dutch playmaker netted 14 times in 33 top-flight games to inspire a first Eredivisie title for PSV since 2008. Although his detractors will question the strength of the Dutch league, it’s more experience than most of the Liverpool squad.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was quick to take to Twitter to question what role Wijnaldum will play in Klopp’s side. While it is true that sometimes versatility can be a curse, where this Reds side is concerned, it is surely a blessing. The Dutch star can play as a box-to-box midfielder alongside Emre Can, or alternatively, as one of the three behind the main striker in a 4-2-3-1. His ability to arrive from deep and finish off chances would be a welcome addition to the Liverpool side with Can and Jordan Henderson lacking the predatory instinct in front of goal in such situations.