Liverpool can offer Gini Wijnaldum a new contract. But the fact remains that it makes little sense for him to sign it right now.
Gini Wijnaldum is reportedly ‘desperate’ to sign a new Liverpool contract, per the Echo. There’s no two ways about that one – it’s great news for Liverpool.
Wijnaldum is a truly elite player and very important to the side. Until we see Thiago over several games, it’s fair to say that the Dutchman still makes up Liverpool’s best XI.
Thus the Reds certainly won’t want to lose him for nothing when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Easy, right? Unfortunately not.
Subscribe to Rousing The Kop TV now
As we recently wrote, Wijnaldum may want a long-term contract. That’s difficult for a 30-year-old as Liverpool won’t want a long-term financial commitment.
Especially when any new contract will hand Wijnaldum a big increase in wages. As the Echo report explains, he’s still on his initial deal.
Per Spotrac, Wijnaldum earns £75k-a-week, which means he’s on equal pay with Takumi Minamino, slightly behind Xherdan Shaqiri and £45k-a-week less than Naby Keita.
Now, we like those three players but they’ve not contributed anything close to Wijnaldum over the last few years.
The Dutchman will surely want around the £140k that Jordan Henderson and James Milner are on. Will Liverpool give him that over several years? We’re not sure.
We can effectively guarantee that someone else will, though. Wijnaldum is too good not to entertain offers from other clubs.
And that’s why, in all honesty, he shouldn’t sign a new Liverpool contract yet. It just doesn’t make sense for him.
In just a few days, Wijnaldum can receive formal offers from non-domestic clubs. Listening to those – when they’re guaranteed on paper – is the least he should do as he searches for the best offer.
Maybe Liverpool will finally offer him exactly what he wants but it doesn’t look likely. They’d have done that by now, if he’s truly desperate to sign.
It makes far more sense for Wijnaldum to listen elsewhere before signing a Liverpool deal.
So it’ll be a nervous one for the club and the fans. But Wijnaldum has earned himself this position – we’ll all just have to wait and see.