Defeating the point

Why Liverpool must keep hold of Wijnaldum

Liverpool fans should be suitably concerned with the prospect of Gini Wijnaldum being lured away from the club this summer. The Dutchman is set to miss Liverpool’s next friendly with Blackburn with his future and fitness unclear.

Rumours are abound that Phillip Cocu is eyeing up the midfielder for his summer recruitment at Fenerbache. The arrivals of Kieta and Fabinho will no doubt impact on the Dutch international’s game time and this could be on his mind if he is unsettled.

However every effort must be made to keep the talented midfielder at the club this summer. It would feel like a sizeable blow to lose Gini with the squad finally nearing a suitable level of depth.

Role to play

Wijnaldum is a brilliant pro, his fitness levels are a testament to this and make him more than bit part player of Klopp’s squad. Yes he does go missing at times, but on his day his skill, movement and ability to keep hold of the ball are vital.

We are coming out of a World Cup year as well, and although both Kieta and Fabinho were spectators for the tournament, Jordan Henderson was there for all bar one day. The skipper put one hell of a shift in for England and will need to be eased back in during the early stages of the campaign.

Wijnaldum will have a role to play in this regard. With him, we have a quality player ready to come in whenever required. If he goes, we lose a very useful cog in Klopp’s high pressing unit.

Depth and more depth

The workload on the midfield is huge, arguably the most arduous in the Premier league. We are going to need a big squad full of quality players in order to cover is us for the entirety if the campaign. It would be a concern to be calling on the kids again next season for vital games, as we have had to too often with Klopp.

With Emre Can counting his pennies in Turin, we could really do with Gini staying to bolster the ranks. If he were to go then it would be two in two out and our depth would be where it was this time last summer.

You win nothing with a streched squad and twice in two years, Klopp’s men have been dead on their feet at a vital junction of the season. It would surely be a step backwards to allow Wijnaldum to leave and throw caution to the wind, which are seldom in Liverpool’s favour when it comes to injuries.

Let’s just hope we can put this one down to silly season….

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