Honours: Premier League (2020), Champions League (2019), UEFA Super Cup (2019), FIFA Club World Cup (2019)
A multi-talented, multi-functional footballer, Georginio Wijnaldum has established himself as a crucial cog in Jürgen Klopp’s machine since his arrival at Liverpool in the summer of 2016.
Wijnaldum joined the Reds from Newcastle United and has won four major trophies during his time at Anfield: Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
The Netherlands international’s importance to Klopp’s side is evidenced by his appearance figures.
In his first four seasons as a Liverpool player, Wijnaldum featured in 141 of the club’s 152 Premier League fixtures - including 37 of the 38 in the 2019-20 title-winning campaign - and 34 out of 36 matches in the Champions League (including qualifiers); statistics that also underline his durability and reliability.
Meanwhile, the Dutchman’s standing within the dressing room is shown by the fact he was selected as the club’s fourth-choice captain after a vote among the players in October 2018.
Wijnaldum primarily operates as a midfielder, but his tactical acumen enables him to perform in a variety of positions. This point is perhaps best illustrated by the fact he played centre-back against Brighton and Hove Albion in 2017-18 and centre-forward versus FC Barcelona in 2018-19.
Following his first-leg turn up-front at Camp Nou, Wijnaldum came off the bench to score twice at Anfield as Liverpool overturned a 3-0 deficit to win an unforgettable Champions League semi-final tie 4-3 on aggregate en route to lifting the club’s sixth European Cup.