Over 7,000 Liverpool fans have their say on whether Liverpool should take Wijnaldum on loan 📢
The Dutchman was an integral cog at Anfield but the machinery has changed since his switch to Paris
Gini Wijnaldum. The prodigal son. One of the key men who truly helped Jurgen Klopp kickstart his Liverpool revolution.
From his superb ability to retain possession to basically being indestructible (a key attribute that helped the Reds crawl through a horrifically injury-ridden campaign last term), the Dutchman was an integral, it at times underappreciated, cog in Liverpool’s well-oiled machine.
When questioned about the possibility of the ex-No.5’s return, via a loan move, to Merseyside, however, it’s not entirely unsurprising that the fanbase on Twitter was somewhat divided after nearly 8,000 votes.
Say if the temptation proved to be irresistible for Klopp, however, he might find it somewhat difficult to shunt the 31-year-old back in a midfield that has fundamentally moved on.
Having finally shaken off his injury blues, 2020 summer signing Thiago Alcantara has officially arrived and continues to demonstrate on a weekly basis how much we’ve been missing his masterful passing range and computational speed of thought.
At Liverpool, Wijnaldum was a key piece of the jigsaw puzzle that made the club tick both domestically abroad.
By comparison, Thiago is both puzzle piece and the hand that directs, seeing where the pieces in a game fall - at times lightyears ahead of his world-class teammates.
Billed as a luxury purchase from Bayern Munich, the classy Spaniard has proven a hundred times over that he’s not just there to bolster the number of highly-talented footballers at Klopp’s disposal.
Liverpool have arguably evolved and, consequently, have blown to smithereens the underlining notion of the 2020/21 campaign of having been ‘found out’ by their domestic opposition.
But with the midfield having taken a battering by injuries already this term, one must wonder whether it would be worth encouraging the return of one of the most durable stars to have slipped on the famous red shirt.
In light of injurees returning to the fold, however, a move for Wijnaldum would be somewhat akin to shoving that loose IKEA part you have handy right into the dark depths of the back of your drawer in the vain hope that it will one day prove to be that exact part you’re missing from some future purchase.
That’s a bit harsh on Gini, of course, given all he’s contributed to the club.
But the reality of the situation is that he wouldn’t be a regular starter in this current Liverpool midfield, which would hardly solve the playing minutes concern the Dutch international is having to deal with in the French capital at the moment.
A superb option to have available - but not one we can’t see donning a Liverpool shirt again anytime soon.
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Wijnaldum was a super player for Liverpool but he left. Klopp tweaked the midfield style and Thiago is a better player. The grass isn't always greener. YNWA