Liverpool’s unsung hero Georginio Wijnaldum has been hailed as the club’s ‘best midfielder in the last four or five months’ by Reds legend John Barnes.
The Dutchman has not looked back since being restored to the Liverpool team in the place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered a serious knee injury in April which has ruled him out for the whole of the 2018/19 campaign.
Wijnaldum enjoyed a strong end to the last campaign and, despite the arrival of new No.8 Naby Keita, has kept his place in the side, impressing manager Jurgen Klopp with his tidy, industrial displays.
He has weighed in with vital goals too, scoring in the Champions League semi-final against Roma and in the recent Premier League victory over Tottenham at Wembley, and he put in another assured performance as Liverpool secured a stunning 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Wijnaldum celebrates with Liverpool team-mate and fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk
Wijnaldum scored a brilliant header to hlpe the Reds beat Spurs 2-1 at Wembley
And Klopp is not the only one impressed by the 27-year-old Netherlands international…
“Wijnaldum has been fantastic in the past four or five months,” Anfield hero Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.
“He was great at the end of last season in the Champions League and Premier League.
“The question now is who is going to be the first-choice midfield three – you‘ve got Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner and Naby Keita and Fabinho have come in now.
“But, for me, Wijnaldum has been the most impressive of the midfield three, alongside Milner, in the last four or five months.”
David Seaman, who was alongside Alan Brazil in the studio on Wednesday morning, has also been impressed by the Dutchman and drew comparisons with one of his former Arsenal team-mates.
“With Wijnaldum, he’s one of those players who isn’t flash, but he links up the defence to the attackers with short little passes,” said the former England goalkeeper.
“He reminds me so much of Gilberto Silva at Arsenal, with those short little key passes here and there.”
David Seaman has compared Georginio Wijnaldum to former Arsenal skipper Gilberto Silva
Barnes replied: “Absolutely, but I think all of our midfielders players fit that profile – they work hard, do nothing spectacular.
“Jurgen Klopp isn’t looking for intricate players like Kevin de Bruyne or a David Silva, he’s looking for three hard-working players who get in the faces of the opposition and work for 90 minutes up and down. He never allows those players a moments rest.”