In recent years Liverpool have been savvy operators for the most part. The Reds have brought in cut price bargain signings and turned them into world class superstars. The club have sold on fringe players for exorbitant fees, squeezing buying clubs for every penny. However, one player’s contract in particular isn’t looking like such smart business. Paul Robinson has weighed in on the situation with Liverpool and Gini Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum at Liverpool
Liverpool signed Gini Wijnaldum from Newcastle United in 2016, paying the Magpies £25m for the Dutchman.
Gini arrived as a goal grabbing attacking midfielder from a relegated side. He was gradually transformed into a tenacious box to box player under Jürgen Klopp.
He has become something of a cult hero during his time at Anfield. His determination and work rate have endeared him to the Kop faithful, as have his vital goals.
We will never forget the brace that the Dutchman bagged against Barcelona in that famous 4-0 win.
Paul Robinson on Wijnaldum
This season Gini entered the final year of his contract at Anfield. There have been numerous reports linking Barcelona with a move for the Dutchman on account of Ronald Koeman recently taking over at the Camp Nou.
Speaking to Football Insider, ex-England international Paul Robinson was miffed by the situation with Gini Wijnaldum and Liverpool:
“I can never understand how players are allowed to get into the last nine or 12 months of their contract, especially players you are wanting to keep or that have transfer value.
“Unless a player is flatly refusing to sign a contract, I can never understand how a club like Liverpool, their owners, can let it run down so it gets to these types of discussions, the will he-won’t he sign, do we sell him-do we not sell him.
“If that’s what he’s doing he’s looking after himself and it’s very difficult for the club to force him to sign a contract. From a manger’s point of view, I’d certainly utilise Wijnaldum.”
What RTK has to say
We need to tie this man down to a new contract ASAP.
Unfortunately, Paul Robinson is right – it doesn’t make sense that we let this situation get this far.
Gini is one of our most important players, he is a leader in the dressing room and on the pitch, he leads by example with his determined pressing.
The game against Arsenal was yet another example of just how indispensible the man is.
Of course, we don’t know what they know in the boardroom and there must be a very good reason why we haven’t managed to tie Gini down yet but all we can do is hope that we get him to sign a new deal soon.