Worrying situation developing at Liverpool regarding respected Klopp lieutenant

Date published: Wednesday 12th August 2020 9:13 - Matthew Briggs

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Gini Wijnaldum’s camp are still waiting for Liverpool to open talks about a new contract at Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.

The midfield powerhouse made 35 Premier League starts, scoring four times as the Reds marched to their first top-flight title in 30 years.

Although failing to trouble the headline writers and plaudits, Wijnaldum has been integral to Liverpool’s title success.

And he is believed to be well liked by boss Jurgen Klopp after he arrived from Newcastle for £25million in the summer of 2016. In fact he was one of Klopp’s first significant signings in the summer of 2016.

There’s no way that Klopp could replace the six-goal star for that sort of money and, as per the source, they are not actively looking to add to their midfield options.

That means that the Thiago Alcantara speculation is coming from the Bayern Munich man’s camp. TEAMtalk told you last month that Klopp was not interested in a move for Thiago, but the talk from Germany has been non stop.

However, if the Wijnaldum situation does not change, then so might Klopp’s plans.

The Dutch midfielder has entered the final 12 months or his deal and there have been no sign of talks over an extension.

That in itself is strange for a club whose transfer negotiations have been pretty flawless over the last few years.

Wijnaldum ‘loves playing for the club’

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Sky maintain that Wijnaldum “loves playing for the club and there is no suggestion” the 29-year-old will leave.

Last month  The Atheltic’s Liverpool correspondent James Pearce was quoted as saying the midfielder’s future was “uncertain”.

Pearce said, via LFC Transferoom: “Uncertainty continues over Wijnaldum’s future. If it’s not resolved soon then they’ll have to decide whether to sell him or keep him like they did with Emre (Can) knowing he will probably leave for nothing next summer.”

In contrast to that respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano said the Reds had begun talks last month. He claimed in The Guardian that Liverpool were hopeful of agreeing an extension after “positive talks” with the midfielder.

The evidence of that appears non-existent and fom next January  Wijnaldum will be able to speak to foreign clubs.

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