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Wijnaldum remarkable record continues but Mark Lawrenson claims far better at Liverpool than Newcastle

5 years ago
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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.”

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