Liverpool are going to have to make some big decisions over the summer. The Reds will have to overhaul the depth in the squad whilst finding replacements for some senior stars. One of our key midfielders is expected to leave the club at the end of the season. Curtis Jones needs to copy the Gini Wijnaldum blueprint to take his place in the squad.
Liverpool to lose Wijnaldum
At the end of this season Gini Wijnaldum’s contract at Liverpool expires.
There is no new deal in sight and the sharks are circling.
Plenty of top European sides are keen on the Dutch midfielder and Barcelona are constantly being touted as potential suitors.
The issue at hand is that the midfielder’s next contract will likely be his last.
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Given his experience at Anfield he justifiably wants his wages brought in line with the club’s top earners.
However, given his age we can’t guarantee that he’ll be a regular starter in two years time; meaning to give in to his salary demands could be a waste of money.
Curtis Jones first team regular
This season has seen academy product Curtis Jones establish himself as a first team regular.
The Scouser has been a beneficiary of the side’s injury problems.
Of course, he was expected to play a part this term but he wasn’t expected to be afforded as many appearances as he has been.
Jones has made five Champions League starts and 20 appearances in the Premier League.
When the midfield is back to full strength next season he’ll be hoping to take over Gini’s role.
Curtis Jones ideal Gini Wijnaldum replacement
The club don’t necessarily need to spend big on a replacement for our outgoing Dutchman.
Curtis Jones is the ideal replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.
The Scouser just needs to study the 30-year-old’s game closely and adapt to fit his blueprint.
The job that Gini does in the middle is one which no stats can justify.
His ability to shield the ball under pressure, to constantly keep it, to frustrate opposition, is essential to our attacking output.
Of course, Jones has more going forward and we wouldn’t want him to sacrifice that part of his game.
However, if the Scouser wants to keep a regular place in the side then he’ll need to pick up on what makes Gini so undroppable. The next few months are vital studying time for the youngster.