‘Outstanding’ Georginio Wijnaldum gives everything for Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp

The Dutch midfielder is out of contract next summer but Klopp would like to keep him at Anfield.

‘Outstanding’ Georginio Wijnaldum gives everything for Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Georginio Wijnaldum’s ongoing contract issue has had no impact on their relationship and he remains optimistic about the midfielder’s future.

The Holland international is out of contract next summer, which means he can begin negotiating with overseas clubs from January 1, and talks about extending his stay at Anfield have hit an impasse despite Klopp clearly wanting him to stay.

Wijnaldum was heavily linked with Barcelona in the last transfer window but there will be plenty of other clubs interested in a player who has been a key part of Liverpool’s success over the last three years.

Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp
Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp (Clive Brunskill/PA)

“I cannot really say a lot about that. I would be happy if he would stay here. I am pretty happy with Gini as you can see when you look at most of the line-ups,” said Klopp ahead of the trip to Brighton.

“He played always good, that’s why he’s played the amount of games he has. I cannot remember a lot of bad games to be honest.

“He played for us in plenty of different positions and he is in a good moment thank God. Long may it continue.

“As long as nothing is decided everything is possible. I am positive.”

Klopp has been here before, of course, as he faced a similar situation with Emre Can in 2017-18.

The Germany international made 38 appearances during that campaign but declined the offer of a new contract and left for Juventus on a free contract in the summer.

Klopp’s experience of that means his opinion of Wijnaldum will not change.

“It is no problem. We’ve had situations like this before – with Emre Can for example,” he added.

Klopp experienced a similar contract situation with Emre Can three years ago
Klopp experienced a similar contract situation with Emre Can three years ago (John Walton/PA)

“No harm to our relationship forever. Gini is one of the best people I have ever met and he is one of the best players I’ve ever trained and he is an outstanding person so there is no issue, no issue at all.

“We are professionals. Our relationship didn’t change at all over the years – it improved obviously.

“We’ve won one or two things together, we know each other better. I’m interested in his life, he’s interested in my life, that is how it is, mine is not so spectacular really – but that is the truth.”

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