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Liverpool fans react to latest Wijnaldum contract reports

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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea and Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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.

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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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates scoring Liverpool’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

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