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Fan rant of the day: He may not shine always but Wijnaldum is important to Klopp’s system

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Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool showed their battling qualities at Stamford Bridge as we came back from a goal down to level the scores via an unbelievable Daniel Sturridge strike.

The 29-year-old smacked home the equalizer from 30 yards out and we kept our unbeaten run going in the league.

The team were brilliant throughout and it was a testament to our newfound belief of doing well. Truth be told, we could have won this game but a point at the Bridge is a great result and most of our players have been exceptional.

Alisson was excellent in the game and so were the likes of James Milner and Andy Robertson. But one player has evaded the spotlight for a long time and that is Georginio Wijnaldum.

A silent star who is producing the games of his life

Since his move to Liverpool from Newcastle a few years ago, I wasn’t quite certain of what he was going to do at the club.

The Dutch midfielder was often played either in an advanced role or he did his bit by keeping the game ticking. However, we barely saw his best at Anfield.

Things have changed drastically for the midfielder this season as Jurgen Klopp prefers to play him over new boys Naby Keita and Fabinho.

The German manager was even quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“Gini can switch from one mindset to the other and that is pretty good for us.

“If you ask me he was brilliant in pre-season as the eight. He was good as the six but brilliant as the eight. That’s why we never had any doubts about him. He can play both.”

In fact, the Dutch midfielder has slowly grown in importance over the past season or so. Wijnaldum has started all seven Premier League games for us this season.

His role of moving about and keeping things going as the ball recycler seem to be working as he has recorded a passing percentage of 92.5 in the Premier League and 92.2 from his sole game in the Champions League.

James Milner

Wijnaldum has a better passing success rate than James Milner and even Jordan Henderson, who usually keeps the team ticking along.

The Dutchman isn’t someone who will perform a brilliant turn and trick the opposition but he is ever-present and an extremely hard worker.

The 27-year-old also comes up with some crucial goals such as the one against Tottenham Hotspur a few weeks ago.

Klopp has tweaked his team a little bit this season but that is necessary in order to dominate teams. Furthermore, this has been a work in progress ever since Philippe Coutinho left the team and joined Barcelona.

Milner has been another midfield star for us and even in the game against Chelsea, Wijnaldum and the Englishman were doing all they could to get the team back level.

The former Manchester City man even moved as a left-back to help Andy Robertson push forward but the Dutchman wasn’t as big a figure as some of our other players.

He was running, trying to keep things ticking and was an outlet for his teammates in case they needed a ‘get out of jail’ card.

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The likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and even Sadio Mane keep receiving the plaudits and awards but the player who has kept Liverpool ticking this season is Wijnaldum. And now, we know how important he is for the team.

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“It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

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Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has sustained a broken thumb, according to reports (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The star was with the national side when the injury occurred during training, and the Liverpool Echo claims Mane would be assessed by the club once he returns to Melwood.

This is another injury that Jurgen Klopp has to deal with from the international break. Virgil van Dijk is still suffering from a rib problem while Mohamed Salah picked up a minor problem for Egypt.

The duo are expected to continue their treatment at Anfield, as per the report.

The 26-year-old Mane has four goals to his name this season, and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with Chelsea and Manchester City on 20 points.

Some Liverpool fans were cursing the international break for the number of injuries we picked up while a few believed this was good as Mane needed a rest.

Read more: Former Man United star weighs in on Mohamed Salah’s struggles this season

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

lorenzo insigne

Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

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The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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