Jurgen Klopp and Georginio Wijnaldum are due to hold discussions over the midfielder’s future at the club amid links with Barcelona, reports Melissa Reddy of the Independent.
Wijnaldum, 29, has entered the final year of his current Liverpool deal but has reached no agreement with the club regarding fresh terms on an extension due to differences over core elements such as length.
According to Reddy, Wijnaldum will return to Liverpool today from international duty with Holland to talk through the latest developments with Klopp as Ronald Koeman looks to accelerate interest in Wijnaldum who was a key player for the recently-confirmed Barcelona manager during his two-year stint in charge of the Dutch national side.
Liverpool initially signed Wijnaldum from Newcastle United for £25 million [BBC] and since he has become an integral member for Klopp on the pitch.
As such, Liverpool are reportedly not worried by the possibility of losing Wijnaldum on a free with the club deeming that possible scenario not to be considered detrimental.
However, if he were to leave during this window then it opens the need for another midfield addition which could come in the form of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.
Reddy claims that Liverpool, indeed are admirers of the recently crowned Champions League-winning midfielder but insists that the Reds are not looking to bring in another player in that area of the squad considering Liverpool currently have seven senior midfielders on their wage bill – not including Marko Grujic or Harry Wilson.
She also adds that an ideal scenario for Liverpool would be keeping Wijnaldum, selling excess midfielders such as Wilson and Grujic while simultaneously adding Thiago although this is deemed unlikely given that the club are yet to receive concrete offers for Klopp’s fringe players due to the financial ramifications of the pandemic.
Liverpool are also a centre back short while another attacking deputy certainly wouldn’t go a miss but Klopp is said to be biding his time and will continue to take a cautious approach considering the window is still open until October 5.
What RTK has to say
Reddy’s report comes as a timely boost for supporters considering Liverpool’s title defence is just days away.
Liverpool cannot be drawn into speculation regarding key players so for Wijnaldum and Klopp to actively address the situation can only be good news.
Keeping Wijnaldum should take precedence this window as in such an uncertain economic climate, internal value looks proven to be more financially beneficial considering there is a growing reluctance from clubs to spend big.
If Liverpool were to wave off interest from Barcelona and maintain Wijnaldum after the October deadline then the dynamic regarding his contractual situation could change.
Klopp has demonstrated he is more interested in maintaining his group of Premier League winners rather than look to add to it meaning that it is likely if it were up to the German manager then a deal would have been resolved a long time ago.
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