Danny Mills has been left raving over Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and insists he is quickly paying off the £25million spent on securing his capture from Newcastle United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England full-back says that people questioned why the Reds had splashed out on the Dutch international after being relegated with the Magpies but that the 28-year-old has answered his doubters.
Wijnaldum cost the Reds a reported £25million back in 2016, having spent only one season at St James’ Park, and has gone on to establish himself as a mainstay in the starting XI at Anfield.
With the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk getting all the plaudits, Mills says that Wijnaldum is also vitally important to Jurgen Klopp in the middle of the park.
Asked if Wijnaldum was Liverpool’s unsung hero, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think he’s started to become really important in that midfield area. He’s got a lot of quality, I think we know that and we’ve seen that.
“When he was first bought at Liverpool, for £25million, people were thinking: ‘Ooh, that’s quite a lot. We haven’t really seen the best of him at Newcastle, he did okay at times but seems quite a lot of money, we’re not quite sure.’
“Now he’s really starting to show his value, he’s a fabulous midfielder player, gets all over the park and is prepared to get into the box and get on the end of chances.”
Wijnaldum, who scored 11 goals in 38 Premier League appearances for Newcastle before swapping the north east for the north west, has made 149 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions, scoring 14 goals and contributing 16 assists.
He scored Liverpool’s only goal on Saturday, helping the Reds to a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.