Given how long it took some people to really appreciate Firmino because he "didn't score enough" and would rather have Harry Kane as our #9, it doesn't surprise me in the slightest that some people still don't get how good Wijnaldum actually is. Though I do admit, it's annoying to see him score so often for the Dutch national team and whenever he gets really good chances when playing for us, he generally misses them. It's quite odd.
Just to see him catch one sweet would be nice! Scuffs so many and I can only put it down to being over excited because hes where deep down he likes to play.
At Newcastle he was a bit of a luxury player who when speaking to Geordies would complain he didnt like to tackle and was a real invisible man away from home.
Klopp obviously saw something different in him and he plays like a work horse for us, with genuine quality on the ball mind.
But yes it would be nice if he caught it sweet for us once in a while when he does break forwards!
People asking dor Ox and Keita in midfield also have to realise like you said above that adding goals into the team may well come at the expense of conceding others. I believe Klopp will do it in some home games against weaker opposition than Spurs if he thinks he can get some rest into the midfield of Gini and Hendo, but more often than not, this is his ideal front 3 because it balances the team out.
If it had stayed at 1-0 for longer I think Ox will have got the nod, as it was we equalised and we didnt need to roll the dice after 55 mins. I also think at 1-1 Klopp will have gone down that route before we got the lead then obviously he didnt have to.
It's good we have an attacking midfield options in Keita and Ox for emergencies, but also another steadying influence like Milner to call on too. We need a bench for all eventualities and other than a top class forward who would sit on the bench for most of the season (hard to find many of those) I think we have a lot of solutions.
As for Kane he is a shithouse but I think Milner topped his shithousery coming on with a cynical trip to stop their counter then a run into the corner flag to milk the foul and take the sting out of the game. All very good qualities we need in this team I think as at times we can be a little too nice for my tastes.
Some tough fixtures out of the way now and not too much damage done. I hope now heading into calmer waters, we can start a sequence of getting the first goal in games and making matches a lot less stressful for all of us.
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