Liverpool have one of the most functional midfields in world football. In recent years this midfield has been shaped and drilled not to create chances but to deny them, to win the ball back, to hound opposition. One of the key cogs of this midfield is now in the final year of his deal at Anfield. However, Kopites will be pleased to hear Gini Wijnaldum hint that he could still sign a new contract at Liverpool.
Gini Wijnaldum workhorse
When Liverpool signed Gini Wijnaldum back in 2016 he had just been relegated with Newcastle United.
During his time at the Magpies he had established himself as a goal grabbing attacking midfielder, even netting four in one game.
Since arriving on Merseyside he has been converted into a dynamic and tenacious ball winner.
He still grabs a goal when needed – he bagged a brace against Barcelona. However, his game has become more about hounding the opposition for the ball and keeping it when he has it.
Gini Wijnaldum could sign new Liverpool contract
This summer Kopites became increasingly worried that our Dutch dynamo would head to Barcelona with Ronald Koeman hoping to capitalise on the 29-year-old entering the final year of his deal.
No such transfer materialised, speaking at a Netherlands press conference Gini Wijnaldum has commented on the speculation and hinted he could sign a new contract:
“I don’t think [the Barcelona interest] was that serious, otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened.
“There was nothing concrete. I didn’t have to think about it. I will stay on [with Liverpool] it looks like now. My contract will run for another 10 months.
“It could still change, of course you never know that in football. So we’ll see.”
What RTK has to say
Fingers crossed things do change and Gini Wijnaldum does sign a new contract at Liverpool.
He is so athletic that despite turning 30-years-old this season he still has a few years left in him at the top level.
We saw his tenacious work rate help seal the game against Arsenal, with just one goal in it and minutes remaining he was still hounding opposition defenders, not letting them get themselves set to launch an attack.
There is also the consideration that he always turns up in big games, we’ll never forget his brace in the Barcelona come back.