He starred in one of Anfield’s most famous European nights, an ever-present on Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League and Premier League winning teams and is admired by Europe’s elites.
So why has Georginio Wijnaldum been allowed to enter the last 12 months of his contract with Liverpool?
There isn’t much they got wrong at Anfield in the transfer market during Klopp’s Anfield era. Barcelona, which is keeping a close eye on Wijnaldum’s situation, can agree as well as everyone else.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is now in the last 12 months of his Anfield contract
The midfielder has been a key figure at Anfield since coming over from Newcastle in 2016
Ronald Koeman, the Barcelona boss, has reportedly asked Wijnaldum not to sign a new deal
Liverpool have inserted a crafty clause into Philippe Coutinho’s £ 146 million sale in 2018, meaning that if Barcelona buys a Liverpool player between then and 2021, they will have to pay a £ 100 million premium.
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Without wasting time, Koeman has spoken to a disenchanted Lionel Messi about his future as he plotted how to give new impetus to a beleaguered side after their 8-2 humiliation by Bayern Munich.
And according to AD, Koeman has already contacted Wijnaldum, a player he knows from the Dutch national team, to tell him not to sign a new contract with a view to a free flight next year.
But as it stands now, Koeman may not need to worry too much. Sky Sports reported earlier in August that Wijnaldum representatives are still waiting for Liverpool to open talks on an extension.
It is curious how that is the case. Wijnaldum led Liverpool’s sensational 4-0 comeback win in the 2019 Champions League semi-final at Anfield with two goals in the second half. He was a half-time substitute and put up a Liverpool team that had played well but had only a slim 1-0 lead at the time, fully galvanized in pursuit of a four goal lead.
Wijnaldum’s most beautiful evening in a Liverpool shirt came in the 4-0 victory over Barcelona at Anfield
Wijnaldum came off the bench and scored twice in two minutes, including a great header
Shortly after that victory, Wijnaldum and Liverpool were crowned Champions League winners
WINE ALDUM AT LIVERPOOL
Awards: Champions League, Premier League, Club World Cup, Super Cup
People may remember Trent Alexander-Arnold’s snappy corner kick in the second half in front of Divock Origi or Andy Robertson wrinkling Lionel Messi’s feathers, but Wijnaldum was great on the night.
His first goal, a first attack that had too much poison for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, ignited the fuse that made Anfield truly believe the impossible could be done. His second, a stunning header just two minutes later, showed the impossible was just minutes away.
There is another element that could play a role in the uncertainty about Wijnaldum’s long-term future and that is Liverpool’s interest in Thiago Alcantara at Bayern Munich.
At Anfield, they insist there won’t be any big earnings this summer and they are certainly well-filled in midfield – the arrivla of backup left-back Kostas Tsimikas bolsters their options in midfield as it means James Milner can now forget to have vicarious. defense.
But the Alcantara story refuses to die, especially in the German press. Bayern has said very openly that Thiago will be leaving this summer and that he wants a challenge in a new league.
But Bayern wants £ 29 million for a player with a year left on his contract, a player with whom Liverpool can negotiate a pre-contract free transfer deal in January. So if there does come a move, it should be at a much lower price and, in all likelihood, with a Liverpool midfielder moving on.
If that’s Wijnaldum, it’s hard to say Thiago would be an upgrade. He is an exciting player and was excellent when Bayern crushed Barcelona in the Champions League.
Wijnaldum is waiting for Liverpool to start talks on a contract extension
His future could be linked to Liverpool’s interest in Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara
While Thiago is a good player, Wijnaldum is generally a more insured option for Liverpool
But, just like Wijnaldum, he is 29 years old. Thiago has no Premier League experience and also has a more eventful history with injuries, certainly more than Wijnaldum.
He struggled with a number of knee ligament issues in the early stages of his Bayern career and while Bayern is no slouch, Klopp’s high-octane press system is particularly demanding physically, especially when you consider it alongside the added physicality of the Premier League.
Fresh faces and fresh competition are an important part of keeping a squad from becoming complacent, but in this case Liverpool would not only be wiser to stay with Wijnaldum, but ensure that the best years left are in. careers are spent at an Anfield. astute business.
When Koeman finally gets hold of his husband, it will be Liverpool’s loss and only themselves to blame.