Jurgen Klopp issues heartfelt statement to Gini Wijnaldum amid contract uncertainty with Liverpool contract rebel courted by Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich
Jurgen Klopp has paid a heartfelt tribute to Gini Wijnaldum before what could well be his last ever game for Liverpool against Crystal Palace.
The Netherlands international is out of contact in the summer and has been linked with a move to Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and even Bayern Munich.
Liverpool know they can secure a place in the Champions League on Sunday afternoon with a victory against Crystal Palace at Anfield in the final Premier League game of the season.
However, they may do so without a player who has played an integral role in the club’s resurgence as Wijnaldum’s contract issue continues to remain unsolved.
The central midfielder arrived on Merseyside on a free transfer from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016 and has since won the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup under Klopp’s tutelage.
And the German has paid a gushing tribute to one of the most important players in the club’s recent history in the final programme of the 2020/21 season.
“He is an architect of our success. We have built this Liverpool on his legs, lungs, brain and his huge, beautiful heart.
“If – and it is still is if – he goes, he does so knowing we as his team-mates are eternally grateful for having this special human being come into our lives.
“I love him and he will always be family.”
Regardless of what happens on Sunday, there are 10,000 fans packed inside Anfield who are sure to give a huge ovation to Wijnaldum and the rest of the Liverpool squad at the end of a difficult season.