Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding his contract situation with Liverpool.
The Dutch international, who turns 30 today, has a deal with the current Premier league champions that expires at the conclusion of the current Premier league season, and there remains uncertainty as the whether or not he will remain with the team.
Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle for a reported £23 million, with an additional £2 million in add-ons, in 2016, following the ‘Toons’ relegation to the championship.
When asked about his future at Anfield by Dutch publication Het Parool, he responded, “I can’t say anything about that”, he continued by saying, “Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?”.
“I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”
This frosty response from Wijnaldum, who has made 149 appearances for the Redmen – scoring 14 goals, will be concerning for Liverpool fans.
In the summer Wijnaldum was wanted by his former national team coach, Ronald Koeman, in his new role as manager at Barcelona and it is reported, that despite his failure to land his man, Koeman hasn’t dropped his interest in the midfielder.
Losing the Dutch international would be a huge blow to Liverpool. In Liverpool’s title winning 2019/20 season, Wijnaldum was an ever present, appearing in 37 of Liverpool’s 38 Premier league games on their way to a first league title since 1990.
In his time with Liverpool so far, he is perhaps best remembered for his Performance against Barcelona in the Champions league 2018/19 semi-final second leg at Anfield.
With Liverpool 1-0 up on the night, but 3-1 down on aggregate after a tough trip to the Camp Nou, Wijnaldum, a half time substitute, struck twice in two minutes, firstly, with a first time strike in the 54th minute and secondly, with a beautifully placed Header past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the 56th minute. Equalling the tie before Divock Origi’s winner, sending Liverpool on their way to the champions league final – and a sixth champions league crown.
A big season lies ahead for Wijnaldum personally, with the signing of Thiago from Bayern Munich, competition in the Liverpool midfield is high. In order to secure a new contract, if that is what the 30 year old wants, he must consistently perform and continue to hold down a starting berth in Liverpool’s midfield three, as Liverpool look to retain their Premier league title and rebound from a tough 2019/20 Champions league campaign as they hunt for a seventh victory in the competition.