You have to admire the bravery of Gini Wijnaldum.
Only seven weeks ago he was so traumatised that he claimed he couldn’t even think about his own future after Newcastle were relegated.
Thankfully he has worked through his issues, battled his demons…and fled the scene of the crime.
Yes, Wijnaldum’s preferred mode of therapy is to desert his relegated club, move to another and get loads more money.
The player’s courage even shining through as he declares today that instead of nightmares it is ‘a dream to play for as big a club as Liverpool’.
Hopefully in time he will feel the pain recede from last season…he is in all of our thoughts.
Gini Wijnaldum speaking 30 May 2016:
“It (the future) is something that I can’t think about and all I can say, is that I’m devastated that we are out of the Premier League – it has hurt me a lot.
“First that feeling must go away and then I will see how I feel.
“I don’t think about the future yet.
“I am sad that we are relegated and that’s the only thing on my mind right now.”
Gini Wijnaldum talking to the official Liverpool website 23 July 2016:
Gini Wijnaldum, welcome to Liverpool Football Club, how excited are you about the move here?
Really excited because Liverpool is a big club with a great history and it’s always a dream to play for as big a club as Liverpool.
Sometimes players speak to other players, coaches, before a big move – have you spoke to anyone about coming to this club and what Liverpool is all about?
Not really but I spoke with friends and they told me it’s a big team. I know Jonjo [Shelvey] very well because he’s my old teammate and he also told me how big the club is.
What did he tell you about – the atmosphere, the history of the stadium?
I already saw it when we played here with Newcastle, I saw the supporters and how they sing and support the team. But he told me that I would love the city and also that the people who work in the club are good people. He said, ‘you will enjoy it’.
You have had a taste of English football already, do you feel you’ll benefit from having a season at Newcastle and be ready to hit the ground running here?
I must say that the people around me make it easy for me because the only thing I have to think about is football because all the other things are taken care of.
I think the people with me at Newcastle helped me to focus only on football and that’s what I did. I tried to enjoy every game that I played and in most games it worked.
When you are in a (relegation) situation, sometimes it’s difficult to enjoy the football, but I think I did well for my first season in the Premier League.
Eleven goals last season, you were very successful at St James’ Park in particular. What made you perform so well at home?
I don’t know why! As a team we did well in home games and away games we were not so good. I think that was the main reason we were relegated. To be fair, for me, it doesn’t matter where I score.
If you’re a midfielder and you score, you must be thankful and happy because a lot of midfielders don’t score goals. It doesn’t matter where I score, I want to score everywhere, but if you can make 11 goals, every midfielder dreams about that – especially in my first season (in England).
No matter where you score, you have to score and win the games for your team.