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: 70/21 (40/15 at LFC) - 18.11.2020
Liverpool debut: 14.08.2016
Last appearance: 10.04.2021
Debut goal: 06.11.2016
Last goal: 31.01.2021
Contract expiry: 30.06.2021
Win ratio: 64.19% W:147 D:40 L:42
Games/goals ratio: 10.41
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: 172 / 16 / 11
Total games / goals / assists: 229 / 22 / 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 172 5 7 43 2 229
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 31 2 1 8 1 43
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
13 1054 Manchester City
12 805 Arsenal
11 884 Tottenham
11 861 Leicester City
11 811 Southampton
11 800 Chelsea
10 648 Everton
9 693 Manchester United
8 720 West Ham United
8 694 Brighton & Hove Albion
8 580 Crystal Palace
8 571 Watford
7 617 Bournemouth
7 599 Burnley
7 525 Wolves
6 447 WBA
6 414 Newcastle United
5 344 Aston Villa
4 360 Stoke City
4 360 Sheffield United
4 337 Swansea City
4 310 Fulham
4 275 Napoli
4 214 Huddersfield Town
2 196 Atletico Madrid
2 180 Sevilla
2 180 Hoffenheim
2 180 Porto
2 180 Cardiff City
2 180 Leeds United
2 180 Ajax
2 180 Real Madrid
2 180 Bayern Munich
2 180 Red Star Belgrade
2 177 Middlesbrough
2 172 Red Bull Leipzig
2 163 Sunderland
2 162 Roma
2 156 Paris St Germain
2 154 Salzburg
2 150 Norwich City
2 143 Atalanta
2 122 Barcelona
2 107 Spartak Moscow
2 107 Genk
2 93 NK Maribor
1 90 Hull City
1 44 Midtjylland
1 26 Burton Albion
Total Started/substitutions
199 Started
7 On the bench
30 Substitute
64 Substituted
Total Venue
113 Away
112 Home
4 Neutral
Total Competition
172 Premier League
42 Champions League
7 League Cup
5 FA Cup
2 Community Shield
1 European Super Cup
Total Manager
229 Jürgen Klopp
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 16 1 0 5 0 22
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 2 1 0 0 0 3
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
200 22.11.2020 Leicester City Anfield League
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