Players - Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum
Birthdate: 11 November 1990
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Other clubs: Feyenoord (2007-11), PSV Eindhoven (2011-15), Newcastle United (2015-16)
Bought from: Newcastle United
Signed for LFC: £25m, 22.07.2016
International debut: 02.09. 2011 vs. San Marino
International caps: 64/18 (34/12 at LFC) - 07.09.2020
Liverpool debut: 14.08.2016
Last appearance: 27.10.2020
Debut goal: 06.11.2016
Last goal: 22.07.2020
Contract expiry: 30.06.2021
Win ratio: 66.84% W:131 D:34 L:31
Games/goals ratio: 10.32
Honours: Champions League 2019, European Super Cup 2019, FIFA Club World Cup 2019, Premier League 2019/20
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 1
League games / goals / assists: 147 / 14 / 11
Total games / goals / assists: 196 / 19 / 15

Player Profile

At sixteen years old Gini Wijnaldum was Feyenoord's youngest ever player when he made his debut for them towards the end of the 2006/07 season. A product of their youth system, he remained there until 2011 when he was transferred to PSV Eindhoven, where he was a consistent performer getting goals and assists from midfield. Only in 2013-14 when Gini regularly was out with a back problem did he fail to reach double figures.

A £14.5 million transfer to Newcastle took place in the summer of 2015 after Wijnaldum had helped PSV to the Eredivisie title. He scored eleven goals from midfield but was unable to prevent Newcastle from being relegated. Two of those goals were against Liverpool in December 2015 and seemed to make a lasting impression on Klopp. Wijnaldum covers a lot of ground, wins possession, is quick, dangerous running from deep into the box and good in the air. Gini was a regular in his first two seasons at Liverpool, although as at Newcastle continued to find the net at home but not away. This was quite possibly down to him adopting a more defensive role in away games. After scoring in Roma in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in May 2018, Gini finally got a Premiership away goal against Tottenham at Wembley on 15 September 2018.

Despite the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho, coupled with James Milner showing no signs of easing up, Wijnaldum featured 35 times in the Premier League during 2018/19. Gini was disappointed to start the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on the bench but came on in the second half to score twice in as many minutes to level the tie. He started the final against Madrid but was replaced by Milner shortly after the hour mark, but he is a Champions League winners' medal richer. 

Wijnaldum was a firm fixture in Liverpool's midfield in the unique 2019/20 season, showered by praise by Klopp in October 2019. “It is just so obvious Gini's importance. It is both directions, small spaces, big spaces, it is hard challenges, fine football, pretty much all of that. Is he the perfect midfielder? From the skillset 100 per cent. He has all the things you need. There was his header against Barcelona too. He is not the tallest, but he is good in the air. He is a good jumper with good timing, all that stuff. It all makes him a pretty good footballer. That is how it should be. It is not my fault if he goes under the radar. You cannot ask me why he goes under the radar. I don’t set the radar!” Klopp concluded.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 147 3 7 37 2 196
2016-2017 36 1 5 0 0 42
2017-2018 33 2 1 14 0 50
2018-2019 35 0 0 12 0 47
2019-2020 37 0 0 9 1 47
2020-2021 6 0 1 2 1 10
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
11 Manchester City
11 Arsenal
10 Chelsea
10 Southampton
9 Everton
9 Leicester City
9 Tottenham
8 Watford
7 Bournemouth
7 Crystal Palace
7 Manchester United
6 West Ham United
6 Brighton & Hove Albion
6 Burnley
5 WBA
5 Wolves
5 Newcastle United
4 Huddersfield Town
4 Stoke City
4 Swansea City
4 Napoli
3 Aston Villa
3 Sheffield United
2 Middlesbrough
2 Cardiff City
2 Sunderland
2 Leeds United
2 Norwich City
2 Fulham
2 Bayern Munich
2 Red Star Belgrade
2 Barcelona
2 Roma
2 Spartak Moscow
2 Paris St Germain
2 Porto
2 Atletico Madrid
2 Sevilla
2 Hoffenheim
2 Salzburg
2 NK Maribor
2 Genk
1 Midtjylland
1 Ajax
1 Burton Albion
1 Real Madrid
1 Hull City
Total Started/substitutions
168 Started
6 On the bench
28 Substitute
53 Substituted
Total Competition
147 Premier League
36 Champions League
7 League Cup
3 FA Cup
2 Community Shield
1 European Super Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 14 0 0 5 0 19
2016-2017 6 0 0 0 0 6
2017-2018 1 0 0 1 0 2
2018-2019 3 0 0 2 0 5
2019-2020 4 0 0 2 0 6
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 11 0 2 2 0 15
2016-2017 9 0 2 0 0 11
2017-2018 2 0 0 2 0 4
2018-2019 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 14.08.2016 Arsenal Emirates Stadium League
50 19.09.2017 Leicester City Leicester City Stadium League Cup
100 29.09.2018 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
150 02.10.2019 Salzburg Anfield Europe
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 90 06.11.2016 Watford Anfield League
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Feyenoord 2006-2007 Holland 1 3 0 3 0
Feyenoord 2007-2008 Holland 1 10 1 12 1
Feyenoord 2008-2009 Holland 1 33 4 45 5
Feyenoord 2009-2010 Holland 1 31 4 38 5
Feyenoord 2010-2011 Holland 1 34 14 37 14
PSV Eindhoven 2011-2012 Holland 1 32 8 50 14
PSV Eindhoven 2012-2013 Holland 1 33 14 49 16
PSV Eindhoven 2013-2014 Holland 1 11 4 15 4
PSV Eindhoven 2014-2015 Holland 1 33 14 44 18
Newcastle United 2015-2016 Premier League 38 11 40 11
Total 258 74 333 88