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Gini Wijnaldum has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain, ending his five-year stint at Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp losing one of his most trusted lieutenants.

The Dutch midfielder made the switch in 2016 for a fee of around £25m after Newcastle United suffered relegation, and he's since evolved into one of the Reds' most reliable performers.

The Liverpool boss has gradually altered Wijnaldum's game over the course of his stay at Anfield; he's been used differently to how he was deployed by the Toon all those years ago, with Klopp describing him as one of the smartest players he's ever worked with.

For United and PSV Eindhoven beforehand, the Dutchman was very much an attack-minded midfielder who found the back of the net on a regular basis, scoring 14 times in his final domestic campaign in Holland before bagging 11 times in his debut season in England.

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He fitted the offensive profile that Klopp wanted at Anfield, but he's changed as a consequence of his surroundings and the teammates he's been deployed alongside.

Many perceived Wijnaldum to be a box-to-box midfielder for the Reds but although he's certainly got that skill set in his locker, it wasn't exactly how he performed in the majority of contests.

He delivered big moments as a box-to-box type in decisive matches against Barcelona, Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid, but his typical role involved providing his teammates with a platform to attack.

Klopp gradually added elite offensive performers to his team over the years - including the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota - and as a consequence, he essentially needed some players to remain behind the ball.

If every one of Klopp's players was to attack by darting into the penalty box, his side would lose balance, hence Wijnaldum's need to remain largely cautious and almost defensive as he focuses on ball retention and preventing counter-attacks.

He's capable of getting forward when called upon but more often than not - because of the attacking potential he was surrounded by at Anfield - he played in a safe and cautious manner for the good of the team, presenting others with a platform to take risks in the final third.

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He bagged only 16 Premier League goals in around 14,000 minutes for the Reds, compared to his 11 goals in just 3,163 minutes on Tyneside, which captures the differing requirements attached to his performances.

His role reverts back to his United days when he's representing his country on international duty, as Holland don't quite have the attacking talent that Liverpool do, meaning that there's a greater responsibility on Wijnaldum's shoulders to find the net rather than playing safe.

Klopp knew his value; he was an extremely adaptable servant for Liverpool and one who the club could regret allowing to leave. PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino will be a very happy man.

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