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Report: Wijnaldum open to signing long term deal with Liverpool

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Gini Wijnaldum is said to be very happy at Liverpool and more than open to extending with stay with the Premier League champions for the long term.

While Liverpool have been quiet on the transfer front this summer only bringing in Kostas Tsimikas, fans could be excused for a feeling of Groundhog Day with the regular links to Thiago but seemingly no deal close to fruition.

The continued speculation regarding the Spaniard who has compiled an outstanding resume at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has been seen as an indication that Wijnaldum will be sacrificed as Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been told that he has to sell before he can buy

Adding to that fact is the Dutchman only has a year to run on his current deal and to this point has not yet signed an extension.

The midfielder has being heavily linked to Barcelona and link up with his former international manager Ronald Koeman who has taken over the extremely hot seat at the Catalan giants.

Koeman sees Wijnaldum as a key piece to the rebuild that Barcelona need to undertake.

However the Metro (via The Telegraph) has thrown doubt onto any proposed deal as they report that Gini hopes to stay at the club and sign a new contract.

 

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The report continues to state that the hold-up in negations is believed to be over the length of the deal that Liverpool are offering Wijnaldum.

 

Barcelona are willing to hand him an initial three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months to take him to his 34th birthday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces a extremely delicate balancing act. He has made no secret about his admiration for Thiago as a player.

However, Wijnaldum is someone that the manager has total faith in whatever role that he is asked to fulfil.

Whenever a big league game or a clash in Europe is on the horizon, you can virtually guarantee Wijnaldum’s name will be in the starting lineup and he is a much respected voice in the changeroom.

While the start of the season is on the horizon, you sense this saga has a little while to play out yet.



 


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Gini appears to be a very fit guy and if we gave him until June 2024 he would still only be 33 at its conclusion and at worst able to do the present BGJ role,  so just get on with it.

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1 hour ago, sir roger said:

Gini appears to be a very fit guy and if we gave him until June 2024 he would still only be 33 at its conclusion and at worst able to do the present BGJ role,  so just get on with it.

Weird that people never apply the same logic to Alcantara, with him it's all "he's too old" "FSG will want resale value" etc. 

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He's not though, is he? This is rumbling on far too long without resolution. Guess it depends who you tend to side with, the club or player but it seems to me Gini is holding out for something the club isnt for giving.

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I'll be gutted when Gini goes, even if it's next summer. While there's been a ton of players Klopp's loved for setting standards and building camaraderie among the squad; Ings, Lallana, Lovren etc, he'd be the first proper mainstay of the team during this golden period to leave. Really hope he signs, in terms of what he actually offers us away from a spreadsheet I'd sooner a 30 year old Gini stay than Keita (or The Ox) to be honest. 

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I'm fine with him leaving because you have to rebuild gradually and the more 30 year old's you keep the more you have to replace simultaneously at some point, but it's true that he will be a big miss. Immensely reliable and available player.

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Always brilliant in our biggest games. Bonus that he’s staying with Thiago here too. Agree with Dr Nowt that he’s much more important to us than Keita or Ox, age aside. 

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Another busy season, made shorter thanks to Covid (and who knows what other affects are yet to come?). 
Gini to stay, Thiago to largely absorb Big Games James’s minutes, James to leave next summer. 

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Apart from maybe Henderson, no other players in our squad can do the job he does for us.

 

If he leaves we’ll have a weaker squad and we’ll have to make smaller or bigger changes to the way we play from game to game.

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