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Gini Wijnaldum could regret leaving Liverpool in the summer transfer window after admitting he is not “completely happy” since signing for Paris Saint-Germain. The midfielder joined PSG on a free transfer after his contract with Jurgen Klopp’s side expired, but he has not thrived since leaving the Premier League title challengers.
Wijnaldum said in an interview last month he wanted to stay at Liverpool, but stressed that the club “did not give me the feeling of wanting to keep me”.
With no agreement reached over a new contract, the Netherlands star left and joined Mauricio Pochettino’s side, having also been linked with interest from Barcelona.
Reds boss Klopp said he would miss Wijnaldum “like crazy” – and now it seems the player himself also has his regrets.
The 30-year-old has started just one of PSG’s last five Ligue 1 matches, with Pochettino preferring Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye as his central midfield pairing.
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And Wijnaldum described the situation as “not what I wanted” as he opened up on his frustrations while on international duty.
“I can’t say I’m completely happy,” Wijnaldum told reporters ahead of Holland’s World Cup qualifying clash with Gibraltar on Monday.
“The situation is not what I wanted. I have played a lot in recent years, was always fit and also did very well. This is something different and that takes getting used to. I was really looking forward to the new step and then this happens. It is very difficult.
“That’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.”
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Wijnaldum played in every one of Liverpool’s Premier League games last season – starting all but four of them – as the Reds grappled with an injury crisis which saw Fabinho and Jordan Henderson play in the centre of defence at various times.
It was a similar situation the season before, with the midfielder playing in all but one game and starting 35 of them as Liverpool rampaged to their 19th top-flight crown.
Speaking to L’Equipe last month, he said he wanted to stay at Anfield but didn’t feel wanted enough by the club.
“You follow your feeling,” he told the French publication.
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“Several months ago, I had expressed the desire to stay in Liverpool but, without going into details, Liverpool did not give me the feeling of wanting to keep me.
“In these cases, we have to move forward.”
Back in June, Klopp said of Wijnaldum’s departure: “It was difficult for all of us because of how much this astonishing person means to the group.
“He’s been a big part of our lives for so long. There is nothing I won’t miss about him.”
Klopp added: “I will miss the player he is like crazy, highest-quality ability, one of the smartest players I have ever had the privilege to coach. His contribution was off the scale, a manager’s dream.”
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