Jamie Carragher believes Gini Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool is just the start of something. The Dutchman’s contract ends in June.
Gini Wijnaldum will almost certainly leave Liverpool for nothing at the end of the season. His contract ends, he hasn’t signed a new one, and there will be offers.
Not to mention that Liverpool’s packed midfield means they likely won’t match offers from elsewhere.
Things could change, of course. Barcelona’s presidential elections are a spanner in the works – they could completely change their plans coming out of them.
Liverpool’s poor season could see them increase their desire to keep Wijnaldum, too. But as things stand, it certainly feels as though he’s off, five years after his £25m arrival.
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Jamie Carragher believes is something we may have to get used to, however.
“He will maybe be one of the first big players to leave really who has been there through this success of Jurgen Klopp,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Super 6.
“That’s what will happen over these next few years. That team who have won the league, the Champions League will be broken up, each year maybe one or two might move on, new ones come in, so I think that might be the start of the process.”
What RTK has to say
Carragher is absolutely right and Wijnaldum is just the start here. It’s something that has to happen over the next few years.
That’s no reflection on the quality of the players, either – it’s just how the squad is made up. Virtually every key player is nearly 30.
Now, they won’t suddenly drop off a cliff once they tick over into their 30s but Liverpool can’t afford to replace everyone all at once. Some will have to move on in their prime.
The front-three, for instance, are the same age. Liverpool can’t try and replace all three at the same time, though.
That would cost a fortune to get players of similar quality. Spreading that cost over a few years is the only way it’s viable.
Gelling the players together is an issue, too. Signing a tonne of good players all at once and expecting them to play together rarely, if ever, works.
You want to integrate players one by one, then. But again, that means moving stars on every summer and replacing them with a younger alternative.
It’s a difficult process but one that has to happen. Wijnaldum leaving is only the start here.