Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was on target as the Reds drew level on points with league leaders Tottenham Hotspur, following a 4-0 win over Wolves.

The 30-year-old scored the Reds’ decisive second goal, with his overall performance leading many fans to suggest the Dutchman deserves a new contract at the club.

The Netherlands international joined the Anfield outfit in July 2016 on a five year deal from Newcastle United, reportedly worth £25 million. He is out of contract in June and could potentially leave for free in the summer.

The midfielder has been the subject of much speculation regarding a potential exit from the Merseyside club. This was due to the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in the summer.

During the summer, it was alleged that Barcelona were keen on reuniting Wijnaldum with former international boss Ronald Koeman, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

However, the Liverpool star remained put at the club beyond the transfer window.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s season so far

He has had to deputise in the absence of several key players due to injury. These include Alcantara, Naby Keita and previously Fabinho.

Considered one of the side’s most reliable players, he has stepped up when it has mattered. He has made 17 appearances in all competitions, with his strike against the Wanderers, his maiden of the season.

Wijnaldum also completed 41 of his 42 passes against Wolves with a 98% passing accuracy, which highlighted his impressive display.

‘World class’, ‘Liverpool legend’, ‘Unreal’

Liverpool fans were in awe of his exhibition on Sunday and were hopeful that the side would offer him a contract extension.

Some went as far as saying the midfielder was ‘world class’ and a club ‘legend’, despite four and a half years at the side.

Meanwhile, others insisted that he warranted the keys to the city as well.

Other fans took heed to previous criticism which had suggested Wijnaldum needed to score more goals. And Sunday’s effort was certainly a step in the right direction to proving them wrong.

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