Gini Wijnaldum has given an in-depth interview to the club’s official site today.
It’s a great read – if you have the time you should check it out.
One of the most interesting things to emerge from it was the differences that he has found with playing in a ‘Klopp midfield’ compared with the roles he had been asked to perform at some of his old clubs.
“It is difficult and it still is. In the teams where I played before, I was the one who was running all the time to make a goal and I came into more positions to make goals.
“Now it’s not so often, it’s a few times in a game. But we have more players to come into that position, so more players who can score a goal.
“I think that’s better for the team, because if you only have one player who can score goals it can be a problem.
“We have more players who can come into that position and have the quality to score goals. It makes it easier for the team.”
Wijnaldum built up a reputation as being something of a goalscoring midfielder at his former clubs. He scored 23 goals in 111 games for Feyenoord, 40 goals in 109 games for PSV Eindhoven, and then a further 11 in 38 starts for Newcastle last season.
So far this season, however, he is yet to hit the back of the net for us. He has come close a few times and forced the opposition keeper into a few good saves — we’re sure it’s only a matter of time.
Let us know what you think about Wijnaldum in the comments.