Gini Wijnaldum knows he may make his departure from Liverpool this summer. It’s not one he’s looking forward to, however.
Wijnaldum’s contract ends at the end of this season, of course. Since joining in 2016, the Dutchman has become a vital part of the team.
His versatility, work-rate and all-around game have been invaluable. Yet, he’ll almost certainly leave for nothing once the campaign is done.
Liverpool haven’t agreed to a new deal with Wijnaldum. Other teams will line up to do just that – they can secure a world-class player for free, after all.
Wijnaldum isn’t looking at this situation as a nice one, though. In fact, he admits it’ll be devastating to leave Anfield.
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“It would be really difficult,” he said, per the Mirror. “I’d be leaving a team I really love and a club where I feel really comfortable.
“But then again you’d know the situation why you have to leave. I’d be devastated if I can’t continue to play with this team.”
What RTK has to say
Wijnaldum leaving would be a difficult departure for everyone. Liverpool lose a key player, while the 30-year-old has to start again somewhere else.
Despite that, though, we really don’t see a contract renewal on the horizon. As Wijnaldum pushes into his 30s, we just imagine other clubs will be more willing to pay big wages than Liverpool.
We don’t believe he would be a guaranteed first-XI player if everyone was fit. That is highly unlikely to change over the course of a three or four-year deal – not when there are talented young players improving at Liverpool.
It makes paying high wages quite difficult. Does the club really want to bump up his wages and then hand him a reduced role? We highly doubt it.
That difficult goodbye is almost certainly on its way, unfortunately.