Georginio Wijnaldum’s value to this Liverpool team as its ‘link man’ should not be underestimated, according to his midfield colleague Emre Can.
The pair have been constants for Jürgen Klopp to depend upon in the centre of the park in recent weeks as the manager has adapted to the enforced absences of Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana due to injury.
Can and Wijnaldum have risen to the challenge, helping the Reds go seven games unbeaten to remain on course to achieve their aim of Champions League qualification with five Premier League games left.
The latter, who was named the club’s Standard Chartered Player of the Month for March, recently spoke of his pleasure with being trusted as the connection between defence and attack in Klopp’s system.
And, like the rest of the squad, Can is hugely appreciative of the No.5’s efforts since he arrived from Newcastle United last summer – even if they can occasionally go under the radar.