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Report: Liverpool table three-year contract extension to Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool have reportedly tabled a new lucrative long-term contract for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum with a 40 per cent salary increase, according to Calciomercato.

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Wijnaldum, 30, is currently in the final year of his contract at Anfield with his existing five-year deal set to expire at the end of the season.

The Netherlands international – who scored twice for his country on Sunday – is free to begin entering a negotiations phase with other non-English clubs from January with a contractual agreement still yet to be reached between Wijnaldum and Liverpool.

However, fresh reports indicate that talks have finally begun to materialise between the two parties with Liverpool keen to keep Wijnaldum, who has been an integral figure in the club’s recent success.

According to Calciomercato, the Anfield hierarchy have tabled a three-year extension to Wijnaldum with a 40 per cent wage influx.

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That would see his current pay package of £75,000-a-week according to Spotrac rise significantly to more than £100,000-a-week as Liverpool make their desire to maintain the services of Wijanldum public.

 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been hugely optimistic that a resolution between Wijnaldum and the club could be resolved with the Dutchman previously identified as the ‘perfect’ player in the eyes of his manager.

Speaking to the club’s official website in October 2019, Klopp said: “Gini speaks on the pitch for the way he plays. It’s just so obvious his importance.

“It is just so obvious his importance. It is both directions, small spaces, big spaces, it is hard challenges, fine football, pretty much all of that.

“Is he the perfect midfielder? From the skillset 100 per cent. He has all the things you need.

“There was his header against Barcelona too. He is not the tallest, but he is good in the air. He is a good jumper with good timing, all that stuff. It all makes him a pretty good footballer.

“That is how it should be. It is not my fault if he goes under the radar. You cannot ask me why he goes under the radar. I don’t set the radar!”

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What RTK has to say

Recent injury woes and defensive conundrums have taken the focus off from Wijnaldum’s contractual situation yet tying down the former Newcastle United star to a new deal could be a huge win for the club ahead of the January transfer window.

He’s more than just a key player for Liverpool, and has become Klopp’s most trusted midfield lieutenant in recent seasons.

Wijnaldum has clocked up more appearances than any other Reds midfielder over the previous three seasons and his ability to consistently remain durable is an invaluable asset for Liverpool particularly during such period of crisis in terms of injuries.

Even with the addition of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich earlier this summer, Wijnaldum has remained a mainstay in the team for Klopp in 2020/21. He is more than deserving of a new deal.

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