By Matt Farr

Liverpool icon Dietmar Hamann believes Georginio Wijnaldum can follow in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard.

Wijnaldum, 26, netted his fifth goal of the season during the win over Burnley at the weekend, and Hamann was full of praise for the midfielder’s recent performances.

Hamann graced Liverpool’s midfield for seven years during his professional career, and told the club’s official website that Wijnaldum offers similar qualities to his former team-mate, Gerrard.

He insisted that the Dutchman provides Liverpool with a goal threat from midfield that has eluded them since Gerrard quit the club in 2015.

He said: “He’s got a lot of energy, he can win a ball, I think he’s got very good vision, he’s a good passer of the ball.

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“So I think his all-round game is very good, and obviously the goals [are] the icing on the cake.

“Since Gerrard left, we lacked goals sometimes from midfield. The more players scoring goals, the more it takes pressure off the front three – they can’t always do it on their own.”

Wijnaldum made a slow start to life at Anfield, following his £23million move from Newcastle in the summer.

He registered only two assists during the first half of the campaign, and did not score his first goal for the club until November 6.

But he now appears to have struck a chord with the fans after a series of commanding displays, having contributed three goals and two assists during his last six Premier League appearances.

He had earlier established himself as a goalscoring midfielder during his time with Newcastle, netting 11 times as the Magpies were relegated from the Premier League last season.

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