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.
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.
Gini Wijnaldum is twice the player Emre Can is. And James Milners even better #LIVPSG
— Andy Matthews (@AndyMatthews94) September 18, 2018
Wijnaldum has had 5 or 6 really good games already this season. That’s what Emre Can used to call a good season.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) September 22, 2018
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.
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.