Georginio Wijnaldum has turned down the offer of a new long-term deal at Merseyside club, but the playmaker will stay at the Anfield until his contract expires next summer. The Netherlands international wanted a deal that would run until the end of the 2024 or 2025 campaign, demands that the Reds were unwilling to meet.
To make talks even more difficult, Gini, who has been a favourite of German manager’s, was also eyeing a ‘huge’ pay rise. Despite this, it’s stated that Wijnaldum will stay a crucial player for Liverpool this campaign, as they look to defender their historic first PL trophy.
The 29-year-old was signed in the summer of 2016 for a fee of £25m. The Dutch midfielder has been an impressive performer for the club. Gini, who is particularly gifted for a central midfielder when it comes to dribbling and agility, has played the full 90 minutes of Reds first two league matches of the campaign.
Gini has played 189 games for Liverpool, scoring 19 times and providing 16 assists. Wijnaldum has already established legendary status at Anfield due to his heroics in the side’s comeback win against Blaugrana in 18/19 UCL-winning season.
Reds are stacked in the middle of the park as Thiago Alcantara has just joined Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner in the central midfield ranks.
Wijnaldum is reportedly holding out for a deal that runs until at least 2024, but the Reds hierarchy are reluctant to commit to a long-term contract on improved wages considering he turns 30 in November.