Liverpool midfielder Gergionio Wijnaldum’s contractual situation is still yet to reach the negotiations stage as the midfielder enters the last 12 months of his existing deal.
According to Sky Sports, there are currently no talks regarding a contract extension but the report claims Wijnaldum ‘will continue to give 100 per cent’ during Liverpool’s title defence next season.
The Netherland’s international has even been described by staff as an ‘incredible person’ and is regarded as indispensable by his manager Jurgen Klopp.
Wijnaldum, 29, is about to begin his fifth season as a Liverpool player since signing from Newcastle for a £25 million fee [BBC] in 2016.
During that time, Wijnaldum has started in two Champions League finals helped the club secure their sixth European Cup as well as ending 30 years of elusive title anguish following last season’s Premier League victory.
He was utilised in midfield more than any other Liverpool player during the team’s procession to a 19th title last season and his sustained brilliance was paramount during a record-breaking campaign that saw the Reds register a club-record 99 points in the league.
Despite contractual discussions at a stand-off, the report from Sky did claim that a new deal could be offered to Wijnaldum sooner rather than later. The fact that neither party is at the table negotiating does not suggest Liverpool would in any way consider selling Wijnaldum.
He has been arguably Liverpool’s most consistent midfielder over the previous four seasons, scoring 19 goals and registering 16 assists during his 186 appearances for the Reds.
The growing uncertainty surrounding Wijnaldum’s future has left supporters somewhat uneasy and there are concerns that the situation could spiral out of Liverpool’s control.
Wijnaldum is approaching 30, yet his durability and physical prowess remain unquestioned following 47 appearances in all competitions this season.
With that said, it would suggest he is more than capable of being a mainstay in this Liverpool team for the next three-four years and the player’s future should be prioritised in the coming weeks.
Both parties will undoubtedly raise their own issues regarding wages and what is deemed financially acceptable for a player approaching the twilight of his career.
However, off the basis that Wijnaldum remains one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers and big game players would suggest that the club simply cannot afford to lose him.
With that in mind, we looked at what supporters were saying on social media about the latest report from Sky regarding the £75,000-a-week Premier League winner.
There was even one suggestion that Wijnaldum’s situation drew similarities to that of Emre Can who left Liverpool in 2018 on a free transfer to join Juventus.
Feels like Emre Can all over again
— It's Khumza 🐺 🇷🇺 (@Mikelo_SA) August 12, 2020
Simple. Sign extension or sell. No ifs no buts no coconuts. Love him and what he has done for club. Legendary for Barca game alone but no one above club and sentiment
— 🏆🏆🏆 Paul M🏆🏆🏆 (@MarshmanPaul) August 9, 2020
Gini is so underrated as a player will be a shame to see the lad go but at 30 we do also need to plan for the future. I can see him stopping and seeing out his contract but also be a 100% committed
— Martyn poole (@royaltroondrive) August 9, 2020
I don’t like the way he draggged this (if he did), it shows it was tactic to get a bigger wage and it failed miserably specially considering his interview or if this is Liverpool who dragged it, it may be because they have other options in mind.
— Unbearables✌️ (@Sadio_Mane_10) August 12, 2020
Feels like this has been going on for a year now
— ~ (@mou_stinks) August 11, 2020
Hope he stay. Play an important role to help us secure the champions league.
— WJ* (@WoeiJie) August 9, 2020
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