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Once undroppable Liverpool midfielder must be gutted at teammate’s renaissance

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Once undroppable Liverpool midfielder must be gutted at teammate’s renaissance

There was a point this season when Gini Wijnaldum was arguably Jurgen Klopp’s most important midfielder.

The Dutchman made a brilliant start to the 2018/19 campaign operating in a more defensive role for the Reds.

The ex-Newcastle United ace has made 40 appearances so far this season, with the vast majority of those being starts.

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Wijnaldum was chosen to start against FC Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday alongside Fabinho and James Milner in a three-man midfield.

He didn’t really pull up any trees, but one man who did – once again – was Jordan Henderson when he came on in the second half.

 

TBR’s view

Henderson was benched by Klopp, presumably to rest him ahead of an important game at the weekend against Cardiff City.

Recently, the England international has been a man possessed on the pitch.

Following a slight alteration to his role in the team, Henderson has been much more effective and the team have looked better with him operating as a box-to-box midfielder.

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Wijnaldum has been seemingly undroppable for most of the season, but Henderson’s renaissance could see the Dutchman gradually feature more often from the bench.

Fabinho appears to be quite capable of playing as the sole holding midfielder, with Henderson and Naby Keita able to express themselves a bit further forward.

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