Klopp, Liverpool chiefs ‘stunned’ at why key star is in perilous situation

Date published: Monday 4th January 2021 1:18 - Jonny Whitfield

Senior figures at Liverpool are ‘stunned’ at how Georginio Wijnaldum has been allowed to think about becoming a free agent, according to a report.

The midfielder has proved to be one of Jurgen Klopp’s best signings since he arrived from Newcastle in 2016.

Indeed, he played more Premier League minutes than any other Reds midfielder last season. This term, meanwhile, he has already racked up 23 appearances.

But his future has become uncertain after entering the final year of his five-year deal. What’s more, he is free to talk to overseas clubs from this month onwards.

Previous reports have suggested that Wijnaldum’s preference is to stay at Anfield. However, there remains a lack of movement over his situation.

According to Eurosport, Liverpool officials have become baffled at how his situation has developed.

Their ‘main focus’ at this moment is to tie the Dutchman down to a new deal. Klopp, meanwhile, reportedly feels ‘desperate’ for the 30-year-old to extend his terms.

Reports elsewhere have claimed to reveal the discrepancies between Liverpool and the player over the contract.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk

Wijnaldum reportedly wants a new three-year deal, but the Reds are only willing to offer two years. Indeed, club chiefs feel reluctant to offer a longer-term contract to a player who turned 30 in November.

Chelsea encountered a similar situation last summer with Willian, who opted to move to Arsenal.

Wijnaldum has refused to open up about his negotiations in recent interviews, insisting that his future is in his club’s hands.

Klopp, though, has similarly refused to comment too much on the situation. In fact, he has referenced Emre Can’s departure as a free agent in 2018; the German refused Liverpool’s offer of a new deal.

Klopp unsure on defender raid

Meanwhile, Klopp has said that he is unsure whether Liverpool will sign a new defender this month.

The Reds are without a senior, recognised centre-back with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out injured.

As such, Fabinho has had to drop back from midfield alongside either Nathaniel Phillips or Rhys Williams.

But pressed on finding a more permanent solution, Klopp did not give too much away.

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