Liverpool cannot afford to give up on having Gini Wijnaldum in their squad next season. The latest reports keep the door open.
Gini Wijnaldum looks set to leave Liverpool – that much is clear. His contract expires at the end of this campaign, allowing him to leave for nothing.
The fact he hasn’t signed a new contract by now makes it highly unlikely he turns around and signs a new one soon. It feels like he’s as good as gone.
It’s not impossible that he stays, then. No other club has Ronald Koeman – Wijnaldum’s former international boss – after all, thus no one else quite has the same pull as Barcelona.
Liverpool can’t afford to give up on this one.
Liverpool have thrived on consistency over the last few years. The squad has remained almost identical after hugely successful seasons and the playing style is near-enough exactly how it always was.
They haven’t had that consistency this season, of course, thanks to the injury crisis. But it should return next season.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson will all be back. Liverpool’s first-team will be available to Jurgen Klopp for the first time in nearly a year.
Thus keeping Wijnaldum at the club should carry extra importance. You don’t want to lose a key figure now, not right as that consistency finally returns.
There is a contract offer still on the table, per the Mirror. Liverpool, though, don’t want to pay too much to a player over 30 and have strict rules in place against that.
Well, it might be worth bending those rules slightly. Liverpool have a chance to be back at their best again next season and we’d hate to see that jeopardised.
If Barcelona truly aren’t sure about Wijnaldum, the Reds must be prepared to take the decision out of their hands and keep the player for next season.