Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have just done Mauricio Pochettino a huge favor.
Jurgen Klopp has lost one of his most trusted lieutenants in Gini Wijnaldum, who has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain after a five-year spell at Liverpool.
After Newcastle United’s relegation, the Dutch midfielder joined Liverpool for about £25 million in 2016, and he’s since developed into one of the Reds’ most consistent performances.
Over the course of his time at Anfield, Klopp has progressively changed Wijnaldum’s style; he’s been utilised in a different way than he was with the Toon all those years ago, with Klopp hailing him as one of the brightest players he’s ever worked with.
Prior to joining United, the Dutchman was a goal-scoring midfielder for both PSV Eindhoven and PSV Eindhoven, netting 14 times in his final domestic season in Holland before netting 11 times in his first season in England.
He matched Klopp’s offensive model at Anfield, but he’s evolved as a result of his surroundings and the teammates with whom he’s been paired.
Many people thought of Wijnaldum as a box-to-box midfielder for the Reds, but while he does have that skill set, it wasn’t how he performed in the majority of games.
In crucial matches against Barcelona, Middlesbrough, Manchester City, and Atletico Madrid, he gave significant moments as a box-to-box type, but his regular job was to provide a platform for his teammates to attack.
Klopp steadily added excellent offensive players to his team throughout the years, like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, and Diogo Jota, and as a result, he needed some players to stay behind the ball.
If every single one of Klopp’s players attacked by darting into the penalty box, his team would become unbalanced, which is why Wijnaldum must be cautious and nearly defensive while focusing on ball retention. The summary comes to a close.