Simply Red Posted July 22, 2016 Report Share Posted July 22, 2016 Birthdate: 11 November 1990Birthplace: Rotterdam, NetherlandsOther clubs: Feyenoord (2007-11), PSV Eindhoven (2011-15), Newcastle United (2015-16)Bought from: Newcastle UnitedSigned for LFC: £25m, 22.07.2016International debut: 02.09. 2011 vs. San MarinoInternational caps: 70/21 (40/15 at LFC) - 18.11.2020Liverpool debut: 14.08.2016Last appearance: 23.05.2021Debut goal: 06.11.2016Last goal: 31.01.2021Contract expiry: 30.06.2021Win ratio: 64.14% W:152 D:43 L:42Games/goals ratio: 10.77Honours: Champions League 2019, European Super Cup 2019, FIFA Club World Cup 2019, Premier League 2019/20Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 1League games / goals / assists: 179 / 16 / 11Total games / goals / assists: 237 / 22 / 15 https://www.lfchistory.net/Players/Player/Profile/1310https://int.soccerway.com/players/georginio-wijnaldum/8828/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georginio_Wijnaldum Player Profile At sixteen years old Gini Wijnaldum was Feyenoord's youngest ever player when he made his debut for them towards the end of the 2006/07 season. A product of their youth system, he remained there until 2011 when he was transferred to PSV Eindhoven, where he was a consistent performer getting goals and assists from midfield. Only in 2013-14 when Gini regularly was out with a back problem did he fail to reach double figures. A £14.5 million transfer to Newcastle took place in the summer of 2015 after Wijnaldum had helped PSV to the Eredivisie title. He scored eleven goals from midfield but was unable to prevent Newcastle from being relegated. Two of those goals were against Liverpool in December 2015 and seemed to make a lasting impression on Klopp. Wijnaldum covers a lot of ground, wins possession, is quick, dangerous running from deep into the box and good in the air. Gini was a regular in his first two seasons at Liverpool, although as at Newcastle continued to find the net at home but not away. This was quite possibly down to him adopting a more defensive role in away games. After scoring in Roma in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in May 2018, Gini finally got a Premiership away goal against Tottenham at Wembley on 15 September 2018. Despite the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho, coupled with James Milner showing no signs of easing up, Wijnaldum featured 35 times in the Premier League during 2018/19. Gini was disappointed to start the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on the bench but came on in the second half to score twice in as many minutes to level the tie. He started the final against Madrid but was replaced by Milner shortly after the hour mark, but he is a Champions League winners' medal richer. Wijnaldum was a firm fixture in Liverpool's midfield in the unique 2019/20 season, showered by praise by Klopp in October 2019. “It is just so obvious Gini's importance. It is both directions, small spaces, big spaces, it is hard challenges, fine football, pretty much all of that. Is he the perfect midfielder? From the skillset 100 per cent. He has all the things you need. There was his header against Barcelona too. He is not the tallest, but he is good in the air. He is a good jumper with good timing, all that stuff. It all makes him a pretty good footballer. That is how it should be. It is not my fault if he goes under the radar. You cannot ask me why he goes under the radar. I don’t set the radar!” Klopp concluded. Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool sign midfielder from Newcastle Midfielder signs for Liverpool for £25m ---------------- Ytube Georginio Wijnaldum ● All Newcastle & Netherlands Goals ● 2015/16 GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM | Newcastle United FC | 2015/2016 ---------------- Kuyt on Wijnaldum Quote Georginio Wijnaldum, or ‘Gini’, as we’re likely to refer to him from now on, is expected to finalise his transfer to Liverpool in a matter of hours rather than days – if Sky Sports reports are to be believed. The Newcastle man will become the seventh Dutchman to represent Liverpool following Sander Westerveld, Eric Meijer, Ryan Babel, Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt and Boudewijn Zenden, once the £25m signing is announced. Liverpool’s most successful Dutchman, Kuyt, has had some very nice things to say about the midfielder, too. “(It is) a wonderful transfer for Gini. The best compliment for him was that his name in my time at Liverpool buzzed inside the club,” he told the Echo. “He was watched by the scouts already in his youth days at Feyenoord as a very great talent. When I played for Liverpool, I heard them frequently say that he would be a wonderful asset one day. “He eventually ended up at PSV and Newcastle, before moving to Anfield. He is now at a top club in England and he’ll be at home.” “Led by Klopp, Liverpool want to go way up again. I myself have been at the semi-finals in the Europa League and then I noticed that something is growing. “Klopp sees Gini as a nice player. I know him well, he also did well in Brazil. “He is not only a good player, but also a player with the lungs of a horse.” If we’d have snared Wijnaldum while he was in Holland he would have arrived far cheaper, but it’s probably beneficial that he’s had a year in England to adapt to the Premier League. He found out the hard way how difficult our competition can be; relegated with a strong (on paper) Newcastle side, but now he’ll face the demands of a team aiming for the top four. Technically and physically Wijnaldum has it all, and at 25, he’s entering his peak. It’s now up to him to show Liverpool fans what he can do consistently, as it was his failure to turn up when they needed him most that frustrated Newcastle supporters so much. What’s certain though is his ability. We think Klopp will get him showing it more regularly Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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