Georginio Wijnaldum's combination of skills make him an ideal midfielder for Liverpool, in the eyes of Jürgen Klopp.

The Dutchman was, of course, a key figure in the Reds’ charge to Champions League glory last season, with his brace off the bench in the semi-final comeback against Barcelona an unforgettable contribution.

Wijnaldum has carried his consistency into 2019-20, featuring in 14 of Liverpool’s 15 games in all competitions, with 11 starts, despite significant competition for places.

That influence for club, and indeed country, was recognised with a nomination for the 2019 Ballon d’Or earlier this week as seven of Klopp’s players made the shortlist.

“Gini speaks on the pitch for the way he plays,” said the Reds boss.

“It is just so obvious his 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!”

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