By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore believes that Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum can become “very special”.
Wijnaldum only moved to Anfield in the summer and has settled well at the Merseyside club.
Ex-Reds striker Collymore claims that the 26-year-old can continue to develop and has tipped him for greatness.
“He’s (Wijnaldum) a player that I’ve watched a hell of a lot and maybe my expectations of him are way too high,” Collymore told Anfield HQ. “I acknowledge that he’s been good but I think he can be very special.
“He’s one of those players that can ghost into the box, score cracking headers, his timing into the box and his finishing is very good. I do think moving forward that Wijnaldum can certainly add 8/10 goals a season to his locker and to his armoury as a Liverpool player.”
Liverpool completed the £25million deal for Wijnaldum in the summer from relegated side Newcastle.
The central midfielder was one of few positive last season at St. James’ Park and played every game for the club in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals and supplying five assists.
He earned a move to Anfield in the summer transfer window and immediately was involved in a strong midfield trio alongside Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana.
German midfielder Emre Can has returned to the side at the expense of Wijnaldum in recent games, after the Dutch player suffered an injury. Since missing the Man United game he’s only made appearances from the bench.
Wijnaldum has still made 12 appearances in all competitions this season and scored his first goal for the club before the international break, with Liverpool completing a comfortable 6-1 home victory against Watford.
The Dutch international has looked an assured part of Jurgen Klopp’s side when fielded but will want to add more goals to his game.
The Reds are currently top of the Premier League table and are now regarded as serious title contenders, but will need the full depth of their squad if they are to sustain a title push.
Wijnaldum has been used as a substitute in the club’s last three league games and will now hope to force his way back into the starting XI.
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