Georginio Wijnaldum's statistics prove he is Liverpool's unsung hero

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Liverpool fans are genuinely starting to believe that this could finally be their year with the Reds sitting pretty at the top of the table, six points above second-placed Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp has managed to find the perfect balance between attack and defence this season with Virgil van Dijk and Alisson leading their back line to 12 clean sheets and just eight goals conceded in 20 league games.

The first true indication as to who will lift the Premier League trophy this season will be the victor of Manchester City versus Liverpool - quite comfortably the top two sides in the division at present.

Reds fans will be hoping that their now-famous attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be firing on all cylinders for their clash at the Etihad Stadium along with emerging cult-hero Xherdan Shaqiri.

However, there is one player that seems to receive fewer plaudits than those who play in front of him and that is central midfield mainstay Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman signed for Liverpool back in 2016 from Newcastle for a fee of £25 million and has been a permanent fixture in Klopp's side ever since.

Since joining the club, Wijnaldum has missed just eight of a possible 96 league games, scoring eight goals in the process.

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The 28-year-old has also completed 90 minutes in 18 of a possible 20 league games this season, only missing out completely once due to an intentional reshuffle to keep key players such as Wijnaldum fresh.

The Netherlands international is also looking good in other statistical departments this season. Wijnaldum has made more successful passes than any other player (906), whilst also having the most completed dribbles (12 out of 19).

This clearly shows that Liverpool's ball retention and ability to create attacks on a consistent basis is largely down to the Dutchman.

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Yes, we all know that Liverpool has the goalscoring prowess of Salah, the safe hands of Alisson and the commanding presence of van Dijk.

But spare a thought for the undeniable consistency and reliability of Wijnaldum, as a Liverpool side without him would make football fans realise that you don't know what you've got until it's gone.

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