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Wijnaldum vs Marko Pjaca: Did Liverpool make the right choice?



Liverpool recently tasted their fourth straight win in their pre-season preparations as they defeated Huddersfield Town by two goals to nil. The new arrival Marko Grujic opened the scoring for the reds followed by the strike from Alberto Moreno, via the penalty spot. The next stop for the Reds will be the United States, where the team will be facing the fellow Premier League side Chelsea.

The German manager Jurgen Klopp has been doing a great business in the transfer market and his intentions are looking very clear. Just like Borussia Dortmund, the manager didn’t waste any time to make the necessary changes and for that, he sold some players out. So far, the manager has bought five signings, namely, midfielders Marko Grujic and Sadio Mane, defenders Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, and goalkeeper Loris Karius.

It is safe to say that all the players are ready to fit in the starting place. Well, it is expected that the manager is still looking to add more steel to the squad and the recent reports from Sky Sports have revealed that  the former PSV man Georginio Wijnaldum is having his medical at the club ahead of his move from Newcastle United.

I guess his signing will complete the pack for the manager, and then, he could challenge for the title. With no European football to play for, the manager could concentrate on the league itself and this could be a blessing in disguise for the manager.

Now, there were reports that the manager was chasing the Croatian international Marko Pjaca, but recently, the 21-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb man has joined the Serie A champions Juventus. But as soon as his rumours covered the Anfield, there were questions about whether Liverpool missed an opportunity to sign him or not.

Daniele Bottallo / La Presse 21-07-2016 sport, calcio Juventus - Marko Pjaca firma contratto nella foto: Marko Pjaca, Giuseppe Marotta Daniele Bottallo / La Presse 21-07-2016 sport, football Juventus - Marko Pjaca signs contract in the picture: Marko Pjaca, Giuseppe Marotta

Well, we really think that it would have been a gamble for the side. There is no doubt that the Croatian is one of the best young talents in the industry, but it is Premier League, where he would have played in and we all are aware of the fact that some top quality players failed to cope with the pace of the league.

Pjaca, who scored 12 goals last season, can easily be compared to Georginio Wijnaldum according to his style of play, but the major difference between them is the experience of the Premier league. Thanks to Wijnaldum’s muscular physique, he can now settle down in the league, while Pjaca will have to start from the bottom.

Pjaca would have been a great option for the team, but thanks to Jurgen Klopp, he found a perfect replacement for the player. But due to the lack of European football, the player might have to face a less game time only due to his preferred position. The player loves to play on the wings, and the team already have some top names for the spot.

If talking about stats, then as mentioned earlier, Pjaca scored 12 goals last season, while Wijnaldum scored 11, so there is no huge difference. The Croatian international plays on the wings from where he haunts his oppositions with his tricks and his pace, and for that, Liverpool already has Philippe Coutinho.

Even there are questions about his move to Juventus. Can the Old Lady give him the game time he deserved? I think yes they can, the reason being the European participation. He has a pretty good experience of playing at the top level and Serie A is the perfect destination for him, while on the other hand, it can also be said that; Liverpool have found a perfect player in the name of Georginio Wijnaldum.