Jurgen Klopp thought he was signing a midfielder when he bought Georginio Wijnaldum to Liverpool in the summer, not a wizard.
But Wijnaldum produced a piece of skill during a training session on international duty that wouldn’t have looked out of place at a magic show.
The Liverpool man appeared to summon a football from nowhere before doing some keepy-uppies. It was enough to convince several out there that Wijnaldum is a footballer by day and Harry Potter by night.
The 25-year-old arrived at Liverpool in the summer in a £25 million move from Newcastle United. Three games in and Liverpool are waiting for Wijnaldum to make his mark.
But if he continues to produce moments of genius like the one at a Netherlands training session, it won’t be long before he’s exciting Liverpool fans at Anfield.
Check out the trick below.
How Gigi did it
Still haven’t worked out how did he it? Don’t worry, it took us about 256 views to crack it.
Upon closer inspection, it turns out Manchester United defender Daley Blind rolls the ball to Wijnaldum as he runs across the bottom of the picture. The ball is hidden by Blind’s frame, creating the optical illusion.
Turns out Wijnaldum isn’t Harry Houdini after all.
Liverpool fans are waiting for Klopp to find Wijnaldum’s ideal position for him to thrive on Merseyside. He could be the key to Liverpool cracking the top four, if all goes to plan.
However, Paul Merson was quick to halt the brakes on the Holland international by voicing his concerns about his performances away from home.
Merson was analysing Liverpool’s transfer window when he made the claim about the midfielder.
“Sadio Mane gives Liverpool pace in attack, but you look at Georginio Wijnaldum's record at Newcastle and he was fine at home, but you never heard from him on the road,” Merson wrote. “That is a concern.”
It’s worth pointing out that Newcastle lost 14 of their 19 games away from St. James Park last season as they dropped to the Championship. Wijnaldum wasn’t the only player who was anonymous.
Merson added: “They got good deals for [Christian] Benteke, [Jordon] Ibe and others and they have balanced their books, but they didn't do enough to address their defence and that's why they get a C.”
With six goals conceded in three league fixture, Merson has a point there.