Liverpool have not yet made any move in this summer’s transfer market for any Midfielder, who can fill the shoes left behind Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutchmen officialy left the club on 1st of July 2021 on a free transfer to join the French gaints Paris Saint-Germain. Wijnaldum joined Liverpool way back in 2016 for a transfer fee of £25m from Newcastle United.
Since joining the Reds Gini played a crucial role in the midfield for Liverpool. Thus, helping the club to secure a Champions League trophy in 2019. Adding on, an European Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup in the same year. Moreover, he was also the part of the most awaited trophy for Liverpool i.e. of the Premier League, which the Reds secured in their 2019-20 campaign after a 30 year long wait.
Making 237 appearances for the Reds, the 30-years-old scored 22 goals and made 15 assist for Liverpool. Thus, his contribution to the team was way beyond the stats and finding a replacement for him was always going to be difficult for Jurgen Klopp.
Who could be the possible replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum for Liverpool?
Looking at the statistics there are 10 options, which were being listed by the website specializing in stats FBref. Considering Gini as the holding midfielder, the 10 most probable replacement options are
- Axel Witsel – Borussia Dortmund – 32 – £8.1m
- Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille – 22 – £18m
- Mikel Rico – Huesca – 36 – £270k
- Yvan Neyou – Saint-Etienne – 24 – £4.5m
- Maxime Lopez – Sassuolo – 23 – £9m
- Toma Basic – Bordeaux – 24 – £8.1m
- Ivan Ilic – Man City – 20 – £7.2m
- Eduardo Camavinga – Rennes – 18 – £49.5m
- Seko Fofana – Lens – 26 – £10.8m
- Franck Kessie – AC Milan – 24 – £49.5m.
However, Jurgen Klopp still belives that the current squad is capable enough to compete across Europe. Speking about the any more signings this summer Jurgen said
“There’s no need to buy a midfielder just because there’s one on the market. If people think about it, there’s no real need [for a midfielder]. If there was one player who could improve all the things, then we would go for it.”
Looking at the current squad, there are still a lot of options available for Klopp to play in the Midfield.
Reviewing the current Liverpool options in the Midfield
Speaking about the young lads, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are already looking quite good in the mid. Meanwhile, Thiago and Henderson could pair up alongside Fabinho in the controlling the pace of the game for the Reds. Further, Naby Keita is yet another option which the Liverpool boss could use in the position that Gini Wijnaldum use to play.
Moreover, with age catching up with James Milner, the most versatile player in the current squad of Liverpool, can also play his part as and when needed.
Thus, looking at the current options in the Midfield, Klopp is right on his part to not add any more players in the current squad.
Although many fans are still feeling nervy with other clubs strengthening their squad and thus are expecting more signings from Jurgen before the transfer window closes.