Mark Lawrenson has been singing the praises of Gini Wijnaldum.

The pundit saying that the midfielder is a much better player for Liverpool than he was last season for Newcastle.

In 40 games for Newcastle, Wijnaldum scored 11 goals and got 5 assists.

With just over a month left of this season, the former PSV Captain has 5 goals and 4 assists in 32 Liverpool appearances.

On those stats alone he would appear to have contributed more for Newcastle than on Merseyside so far.

The reality is that with better players around him, playing for a team in the Champions League placings rather than relegation ones, then Wijnaldum is always going to then look a better player himself.

Also, with Liverpool having far more possession than Newcastle did last season, midfielders such as the Dutch international will see far more of the ball and get possession in the opposition half.

One thing that remarkably hasn’t changed is the difference between home and away matches.

Last season Wijnaldum scored 11 goals in 20 home games, 0 goals in 20 away matches.

This season, it is 5 goals in 16 home matches and 0 goals in 16 away.

So his overall record in England is 16 goals in 36 home games, almost one every other match, which is brilliant for a midfielder.

Yet zero goals in 36 away ones!

Mark Lawrenson talking to LFC TV:

“It took him (Wijnaldum) a while to settle but he has certainly looked a better player playing for Liverpool this season, than he did last year at Newcastle.

Wijnaldum has been very very good and, as a midfield player, comes up with a few goals every now and then.”

  • Simon Ritter

    Who cares? Just another passing ship in the night for NUFC supporters. Flaky in the extreme. Makes Jermaine Jenas look mentally tough . . .

  • Leicester Mag

    To quote Catherine Tate ” Am I bothered?” A non entity described by a blow hard. Why do we need articles about Townshend/ Sissoko et al? They hardly had a past in terms of contribution let alone a future.

  • Big Al 1967

    Clearly hasn’t been to any Liverpool games away from Anfield when even the diehard Scousers has said he has less to offer than the Invisible Man

  • Marveauxless

    A quick look at his goals and assists is not enough to definitively assess his performances for Liverpool. I’ve watched a lot of Liverpool this season and I can confirm he’s been fantastic, almost the complete midfielder; ball-winning, creative and covers the entire pitch. He influences games even when he doesn’t score (unlike at Newcastle when he was completely anonymous from January onwards). He’s playing a far less advanced role at Liverpool than he did at Newcastle in a midfield 3 behind Lallana where he was often used as a No.10 or on the Left Wing at Newcastle which likely explains his relative lack of goals this season. Watch RedMenTV on Youtube; the majority of Liverpool fans are very impressed with Wijnaldum

  • Biggs Darklighter

    And Mark Lawrenson is normally wrong.