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Georginio Wijnaldum ‘desperate’ for new Liverpool contract as deadline looms

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Liverpool are running out of time to tie Georginio Wijnaldum down to a new contract and the midfielder has made his feelings clear to the club, albeit privately. Wijnaldum continues to be Jurgen Klopp’s go-to option in midfield having established himself as a favourite under the German coach.

He was instrumental last season as Liverpool went on to win their first league title in 30 years.

But despite his importance to Liverpool over the past few years, there has been no progress on a new contract.

Now Liverpool face a very real situation where they could lose Wijnaldum for free with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

There have been a number of reports throughout the campaign regarding Liverpool’s and Wijnaldum’s stance on the matter.

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But it appears as though the Holland international still has hope of signing an extension at Anfield.

According to the Liverpool Echo, some in Wijnaldum’s circle have stated he is ‘desperate’ to stay at Liverpool.

It is claimed that due to Wijnaldum’s young family being settled in Merseyside, the midfielder is trepidatious about making a big move.

But rumours continue to persist of a potential switch to Barcelona and former Liverpool full-back Stephen Warnock believes if Wijnaldum does leave then it would end up costing the Reds a fortune.

“One hundred per cent I would [keep him],” Warnock told Stadium Astro.

“To go into the market and buy someone like Gini Wijnaldum you’re looking at £50m-£60m.

“Do Liverpool have the finances to do that after the pandemic? I don’t think they do.

“They’ve obviously bought Thiago into the squad as well.

“But one thing you would say is when Liverpool bought in Naby Keita, bought in Fabinho, everyone thought that was the end of Wijnaldum.

“Wijnaldum’s game lifted hugely, showed his importance, we all remember his key role coming off the bench in the Barcelona game.

“He was outstanding in the Champions League final and he is Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man in the midfield.”

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