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Georginio Wijnaldum
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Personal information
Date of Birth

11 November 1990

Place of Birth

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Height

1.75 m (5'9")

Position

Midfielder

Liverpool statistics
Squad no.

5

Years

2016-

Appearances

42

Goals

6

Georginio Gregion Emile Wijnaldum (born 11 November 1990) is a Dutch international footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liverpool, signing from Newcastle in 2016.

Liverpool careerEdit

In the summer of 2016, Liverpool were linked with Georginio Wijnaldum, who had scored eleven goals for a relegated Newcastle side the season prior. The Dutchman had appeared in a variety of roles for the Geordies, and despite a lot of criticism from Newcastle fans it was made clear that Jurgen Klopp was interested in signing him.

Originally there were a lot of reports that it would be a 'player(s) plus cash deal', with Lucas and Jon Flanagan both being linked with a move away, but on 22 July 2016 it was confirmed that Wijnaldum had signed for the club for a reported fee of around £25,000,000. The Dutchman took the number 5 shirt for the 2016-17 season, last worn by Daniel Agger.

On 31 July 2016, Wijnaldum made his Liverpool debut, starting in a 2-0 friendly win over AC Milan. He made his competitive debut on 14 August 2016, starting in a 4-3 opening day win at Arsenal. Wijnaldum assisted Adam Lallana's goal with a good aerial ball across the penalty area. Due to unfortunate luck with injury, Wijnaldum had to wait until 6 November 2016 to open his account for the Reds, tapping into an empty net to round off a 6-1 win over Watford.

On 31 December 2016, Wijnaldum scored the winning goal with a bullet header in a 1-0 victory over title rivals Manchester City. Exactly a month later, Wijnaldum scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, another header. A week later, Wijnaldum put in a widely acclaimed performance in a 2-0 win over Tottenham, and assisted Sadio Mane's opener.

Wijnaldum continued his good form at home to top sides on 4 March 2017, when he scored the vital third goal to cap off a well worked counter attack and give Liverpool a 3-1 win over Arsenal. A week later, the Dutchman netted the equaliser in an eventual 2-1 win over Burnley.

On 14 May 2017, Wijnaldum picked up two assists in a vital 4-0 win away to West Ham. He also played a big part in another goal, with a spectacular long range dipping volley striking the crossbar. A week later, the Dutchman continued his great form, opening the scoring with a vital strike in a eventual 3-0 win against Middlesbrough, which secured Champions League qualification, while also assisting Adam Lallana's effort to finish his debut campaign with 6 goals and 11 assists.

HonoursEdit

IndividualEdit

  • Standard Chartered Player of the Month: 2 (January 2017, March 2017)

StatsEdit

Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
2016-17 36 6 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 42 6
Total 36 6 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 42 6


Liverpool F.C. – current squad
1. Karius • 2. Clyne • 3. Sakho • 5. Wijnaldum • 6. Lovren • 7. Milner • 9. Firmino • 10. Coutinho • 11. Salah
12. Gomez • 14. Henderson (c) • 15. Sturridge • 16. Grujic • 17. Klavan • 18. Moreno • 19. Mané • 20. Lallana
22. Mignolet • 23. Can • 25. Brannagan • 26. Robertson • 27. Origi • 28. Ings • 29. Solanke • 32. Matip • 34. Bogdan
38. Flanagan • 39. Fulton • 40. Kent • 49. Williams • 50. Markovic • 51. L. Jones • 52. Ward • 53. Ejaria • 54. Ojo
56. Randall • 57. Brewster • 58. Woodburn • 59. Wilson • 66. Alexander-Arnold • 68. Chirivella • MF Allan • FW Awoniyi

Manager: Klopp

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