Any Liverpool fan should be sad to see Georginio Wijnaldum go with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
One of the world’s most versatile players, he has been a vital part of Liverpool’s recent success. Brought in from Newcastle United for £25 million, he has been a revelation in the Reds midfield.
The Dutchman acts as a support for Liverpool’s flying full-backs, recycling the ball and covering runs. Incredibly press resistant, Wijnaldum is vital for Liverpool’s ball retention against the bigger sides.
In recent weeks, Wijnaldum has been crucial or Liverpool in their injury crisis. His work rate and leadership has helped steer the Reds through some extremely challenging times. The Dutchman’s durability over this period is something to behold, as his teammates have dropped, he has stayed the course.
He will, of course, need rest soon, but Liverpool should thank their lucky stars he didn’t leave in the summer.
However, if you watch him for his country, you will see a completely different animal.
Working as an attacking midfielder, with three goals in his last three international appearances. With a double pivot behind him, his athleticism and tactical intelligence often see him taking up great positions in the opposition penalty area.
However, whoever signs him can use him in a number of other positions. Just in his time at Liverpool, he’s played as a central midfielder, striker, centre back and left-winger.
Heavily linked with a move to Barcelona to rejoin his former national team manager, Ronald Koeman, he’d be a fantastic addition for the Blaugrana.
However, it surely won’t be just the Catalan giants in the running. Juventus are apparently set to go on a recruitment drive and Wijnaldum should be close to the top of it. From the heady days of Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo, the Old Lady’s midfield is lacking. A player such as Wijnaldum has just the experience, versatility and leadership they need.
Whoever he does leave for, however, assuming there isn’t a last-minute change of heart is getting a top-class footballer.
However, Liverpool fans should be grateful that he has given his best years to them and wish him a fond farewell.