Liverpool have a Gini Wijnaldum problem that Youri Tielemans might be able to remedy.
Gini Wijnaldum’s future has been settled after months of speculation about whether he would sign a new Liverpool contract or leave this summer; the Dutchman has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain.
The midfielder has been with the Reds since 2016, when he joined for about £25 million from Newcastle United, and he has proven to be a faithful servant of the club, winning the Premier League and Champions League in the process.
There are a variety of reasons why his contract situation was difficult for both parties to navigate – particularly given that he is now 30 years old – making any negotiations difficult, but now that his departure has been confirmed, Jurgen Klopp has lost one of his most important but underappreciated qualities.
Simply said, Wijnaldum’s availability since arriving at Anfield has been exceptional, and it has been especially beneficial this season considering the Reds’ rigorous schedule and injury concerns.
It’s an underappreciated quality that many elite players lack for various reasons, but Wijnaldum has proven to be one of Europe’s most durable midfielders.
The Dutch international has accumulated 8,601 minutes on the pitch in the Premier League since the start of the 2018/19 season, which spans three seasons.
That is at least 1,938 minutes more than any of his Liverpool midfield teammates, with Fabinho in second place with 6,663 minutes and Jordan Henderson in third place with 5,929 minutes.
Over that time period, he has appeared in 110 league games, compared to Fabinho’s 86.
Surprisingly, his appearances in the Champions League, Club World Cup, Super Cup, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup are not included in the figures.
Whoever takes his position at Anfield is unlikely to have the same level of stamina, though there are a few midfielders who have shown good endurance in the past. The summary comes to a close.