Jamie Carragher took to Twitter on Saturday to responds to comments from Gini Wijnaldum. The Dutchman had some surprise words about Liverpool.
Gini Wijnaldum has some interesting things to say this week – things Jamie Carragher disagrees with. The midfielder left Liverpool this summer, of course.
Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer and looking back, he says he didn’t always feel loved at Liverpool.
“Liverpool meant so much to me,” Wijnaldum told The Times. “There was some moment when I didn’t feel love and appreciated there.
“Not by my teammates, not the people at Melwood. I know they all loved me and I loved them. It was not from that side, more from the other side.
“The fans in the stadium and the fans in social media were two different things. In the stadium, I can say nothing bad about them. They always supported me.
“On social media, if we lost I was the one who got the blame.”
Jamie Carragher responds to Gini Wijnaldum
Carragher doesn’t think Wijnaldum is right, though. He believes things aren’t quite as the 30-year-old says.
“I love Gini but this is not right,” he wrote on Twitter. “Social media is a circus & every club has clowns.
“Turn off your notifications & if it’s bothering you that much delete the app! He wanted more money the club said no, that’s football!”
What RTK has to say
Well, they’re both right. Wijnaldum is completely on the money about fans in the stadium and fans on social media being two different things – the abuse and conversation online are completely ridiculous.
But that’s the nature of being a big club – you will attract all sorts, whether you want to or not, and most of those people aren’t worth listening to.
We can see how that would affect a player, though. Seeing people consistently blaming you will take its toll.
But as Carragher says, only if you’re looking at it. You don’t have to do that and we imagine many top players avoid it all.
As for that being a major reason for his exit? We find that very difficult to believe. For one thing, he’ll find the same kind of attitude on PSG’s social media channels.
So we see both sides here. But we do think Wijnaldum’s reasons for leaving were likely financial – and we completely understand that.