Date: 16th March 2020 at 6:00pm
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Some players have come and gone over the years that have been greatly underappreciated.

Vladimir Smicer is one of them. Now, Georginio Wijnaldum may be added to that list. The Premier League leaders have plenty of options in midfield. Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Naby Keita are usually the first three that come to mind. However, it is no coincidence that manager Jurgen Klopp continues to put his faith in Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman has had to put up with a lot of competition since his arrival from Newcastle United for £25m in 2016. The arrival of Fabinho came completely out of the blue, while Keita’s arrival had long been anticipated having been agreed the season before, Wijnaldum never looked more vulnerable in our side.

Is Georginio Wijnaldum underappreciated at Liverpool?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Despite this, Wijnaldum continues to feature regularly for us and has had a heavy hand in some of our biggest games.

The 29-year-old’s goals against Roma and Barcelona in back-to-back Champions League semi-finals spring to mind, going on to win the competition last season after a 2-0 win against Tottenham.

With the Reds cruising at the top of the Premier League after 29 games, the Holland international has featured in 28 of them, scoring three goals in the process. In the eyes of the boss, he is “perfect” and his combination of skills make him an ideal midfielder for the German tactician’s system.

It is only a matter of time until Wijnaldum receives the credit that he truly deserves from all corners of Anfield and beyond. These days, he tends to go under the radar and that is when he is at his absolute best, and will forever be etched into Liverpool folklore after his Barcelona brace.