MX23RW : Wednesday, January 20 03:19:09| >> :120:10734:10734:

Jurgen Klopp insists Wijnaldum relationship is not affected by contract issue

Jurgen Klopp insists Wijnaldum relationship is not affected by contract issue
© Reuters
The Dutch midfielder is out of contract next summer but Jurgen Klopp would like to keep him at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Georginio Wijnaldum's ongoing contract issue has had no impact on their relationship and he remains optimistic about the midfielder's future.

The Holland international is out of contract next summer, which means he can begin negotiating with overseas clubs from January 1, and talks about extending his stay at Anfield have hit an impasse despite Klopp clearly wanting him to stay.

Wijnaldum was heavily linked with Barcelona in the last transfer window but there will be plenty of other clubs interested in a player who has been a key part of Liverpool's success over the last three years.

Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp
Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp (Clive Brunskill/PA)

He made his 201st appearance – only 28 of which were as a substitute – in just over four seasons in Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Atalanta.

"I cannot really say a lot about that. I would be happy if he would stay here. I am pretty happy with Gini as you can see when you look at most of the line-ups," said Klopp ahead of the trip to Brighton.

"He played always good, that's why he's played the amount of games he has. I cannot remember a lot of bad games to be honest.

"He played for us in plenty of different positions and he is in a good moment thank God. Long may it continue.

"I don't know how many games he's played since I've been here, it's good and there's nothing else to say about it.

"As long as nothing is decided everything is possible. I am positive."

Klopp has been here before, of course, as he faced a similar situation with Emre Can in 2017-18.

The Germany international made 38 appearances during that campaign but declined the offer of a new contract and left for Juventus on a free contract in the summer.

Klopp's experience of that means his opinion of Wijnaldum will not change.

"It is no problem. We've had situations like this before – with Emre Can for example," he added.

Klopp experienced a similar contract situation with Emre Can three years ago
Klopp experienced a similar contract situation with Emre Can three years ago (John Walton/PA)

"He played and he gave his absolute everything until the last day of his contract and Gini will do the same, no doubt about that.

"No harm to our relationship forever. Gini is one of the best people I have ever met and he is one of the best players I've ever trained and he is an outstanding person so there is no issue, no issue at all.

"We are professionals. Our relationship didn't change at all over the years – it improved obviously.

"We've won one or two things together, we know each other better. I'm interested in his life, he's interested in my life, that is how it is, mine is not so spectacular really – but that is the truth."

ID:424128:cQx

Click here for more stories about Jurgen Klopp

Click here for more stories about Liverpool

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba pictured on November 7, 2020
Read Next:
Chelsea 'to hold talks with Alaba agent in January'
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd18114334241037
3Manchester CityMan City17105229131635
4Liverpool1897237211634
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Chelsea1985633231029
9Southampton188552621529
10Arsenal198382319427
11Aston Villa1582529161326
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle185491830-1219
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
17Burnley17449922-1316
18Fulham172691425-1112
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!