Gini Wijnaldum made clear in the summer that he had no intention of staying at St James Park, along with Andros Townsend and Moussa Sissoko, the former PSV player had no intention of sticking around to try and rescue a situation that he shared the blame for.
Liverpool almost doubled Newcastle’s money when they paid around £25m to take him to Anfield, in what was a very inflated summer transfer market.
Wijnaldum managed 11 goals from midfield despite the relegation last season, ending up as Newcastle’s top scorer with nobody else managing double figures.
Despite dissenting voices amongst the Liverpool support, Jurgen Klopp has started Wijnaldum in every Premier League so far. Many of the scousers feeling that the Dutch international has been performing the disappearing act that many Newcastle fans warned them about.
Now the midfielder himself has even admitted he hasn’t been too impressed with his own displays, declaring ‘I’m not really happy with my own performances’.
Whilst Liverpool are still winning (five wins in seven and two points off top of the table) you can understand Jurgen Klopp being happy to keep things rolling – but if results take a downturn then interesting to see if he keeps faith with Wijnaldum, especially as he hasn’t scored yet this season.
Gini Wijnaldum speaking to Sky Sports:
“To be fair, I settled in quite quickly (at Liverpool) but I’m not really happy with my own performances, as I know I can do better.
“I will strive to do better and I am happy with our results and how I played – but not really happy, as I know I can do better.
“It is also a new position and playing with new players, so these things take time.
“I think when I know everything that I have to do and when I know the players better, I can achieve more than I have done right now.”