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Fan rant of the day: Wijnaldum is setting standards no one thought he would

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Played seven, won seven. Liverpool have been fantastic so far this season and haven’t even played to their best abilities yet.

The Reds haven’t been slick in the attack but the defence and the midfield have proven that we are more than just a team that just survives in attack mode.

Our goalkeeper has kept four clean sheets and we haven’t conceded a lot of goals. However, one surprising aspect of our team has been the midfield and how a couple of players have really stepped up.

James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum have been immense in our mini-run so far and their consistency has been excellent.

Arise, Sir Gini Wijnaldum!

While Milner was always a player giving his best for the team, Wijnaldum is the real surprise this season and the Dutchman is only getting better with each game.

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The former Newcastle midfielder was previously running about without much effect but this season, in a No.6 position, the Dutchman has been our best player in a few games.

In fact, a number of fans seem to have forgotten about a player we lost in the summer on a free transfer.

Emre Can was a player who divided opinion amongst the Liverpool fans and losing him to Juventus on a free seemed to be a bit of a blow. But the performances of Milner and Wijnaldum, especially, have turned some Liverpool fans around.

Can isn’t a starter for Juventus at the moment and the German has one assist to his name from five Serie A games. Wijnaldum, for his part, has a goal to his name but more than that, his composure on the ball and passing skills have been exceptional.

Truth be told, I was certain Wijnaldum would either be sold or kept on the bench once we brought in the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keita.

Wijnaldum had played the attacking midfielder’s role a few times last season but didn’t wow anybody. Fabinho, in fact, seemed suited to playing the deeper role alongside Jordan Henderson.

However, the Dutch midfielder hasn’t made a mistake so far and neither Keita nor Fabinho have looked close to becoming regulars in the team.

The Brazilian hasn’t even made a start for the Reds but that should change since we are playing a game every few days now.

The fact that he pushed himself and has improved so much is a testament Wijnaldum’s will-power and determination.

The 27-year-old has found another gear and credit must also been given to Jurgen Klopp for taking the player to the next level.

Read more: “The #6 is suiting you” – Some Liverpool fans praise midfielder’s performance in 2-1 win over Spurs

It would have been difficult to think about Wijnaldum being such an important player for us but the midfielder certainly is one of the first names in the starting XI at the moment. Let’s hope he continues like this till the end of the season.

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“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season

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Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.

We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.

Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.

“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.

“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”

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Mohamed Salah

The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.

“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”

Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.

We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants

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Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

Read more: “I was alive in the time of Mo Salah…” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Salah’s Bournemouth hat-trick

The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win

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Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.

The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.

Speaking after the game, Wijnaldum was all praise for the Englishman, who play at right-back on Saturday (h/t Mirror):

“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.

“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”

James Milner

James Milner

The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.

“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”

The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.

The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.

“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.

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