One would hope that the Reds at least considered the greatest throw-in specialist the Premier League has ever seen – Rory Delap.
Wijnaldum has played every minute of Liverpool’s ideal start to the Premier League season, keeping summer signing Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson on the bench.
That was on display against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, where he produced an outrageous chip over Anthony Knockaert.
Mohamed Salah’s 23rd-minute strike proved to be the difference as Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brighton at Anfield.
He has become an instant hero at Anfield and has helped keep three consecutive clean sheets, against West Ham, Crystal Palace, and yesterday against Brighton.
“The situation was clear from the beginning”, Klopp said.
“That’s part of the team’s characteristics”.
So I don’t know what my future at Liverpool is.
The Brazil global showed rapid reflexes to palm Pascal Gross’ late, goal-bound header away and secure the three points versus Brighton – a match that was preceded by to-nil victories over West Ham United and Crystal Palace.
“I had a few centre-halves who were able to do things a centre-half should not do, like Mats Hummels (at Borussia Dortmund) constantly doing things which made no sense but he was really good in there”.
With Georginio Wijnaldum dominant in central midfield, left-back Andy Robertson charging down the left and Salah buzzing around, Liverpool looked capable of ripping Brighton apart.
“He can play both [roles]”. A very cool boy, very cool with the ball, we saw that in a pre-season game that he played.
“We were good on the ball, we had good moments”. It’s not possible. If we defend well, then it is all fine.
“But we had that in different formations and our good run defensively started past year in October or so”.