Liverpool have had some unforgettable European nights down the years but perhaps none better than when the Reds thrashed Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit. Gini Wijnaldum and Divock Origi netted two goals each to fire the Reds to the final in Madrid with the team going on to win the club’s sixth European cup. According to reports in the Netherlands Ronald Koeman wants Barcelona to sign Gini Wijnaldum a year after he broke their hearts.
New boss at Barca
Barcelona are a club in crisis. The Blaugrana last week were humiliated in the Champions League when they were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter finals.
Quique Setien was sacked shortly after the game as the club sought to right the wrongs of recent seasons.
The Catalan club turned to club legend Ronald Koeman to right the ship. The former defender resigned his post at the Dutch national team to take over his old club.
Koeman wants Barcelona to bag Wijnaldum
According to reports in the Netherlands (AD), Ronald Koeman has informed Barcelona that Gini Wijnaldum is a priority.
The report claims that the former Orange boss wants to bring in the midfielder he is so fond of having enjoyed great success with Gini at international level.
AD also assert that there are rumours that Koeman has asked Gini not to extend his contract Anfield in order to help push through a move to the Camp Nou.
With just a year left on his deal in Liverpool the finances wouldn’t be too disastrous for an already skint Barcelona.
What RTK has to say
This story seems to have some legs, it would make perfect sense for Barcelona.
They are a club in crisis, it would make sense for Koeman to buy inexpensive players he can trust as opposed to more megabucks flops.
If Barcelona did buy Wijnaldum then the Reds would be able to use the funds to finance a move for Thiago Alcantara, a potential transfer that has been on the cards for months now.
One of the hangups for the Thiago move has always been the transfer fee and just where he would fit into the squad – Barcelona signing Wijnaldum would solve both of these issues.
We would be over the moon if Gini were to stay next season but we would understand if he wanted to leave. He’s given us some lifelong memories, he’ll always have our respect.