Klopp praises 'LFC legend' Wijnaldum ahead of potential exit
Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on ‘legend’ Gini Wijnaldum and insists star ‘is the architect of our success’ in emotional farewell as the Dutchman prepares to leave Anfield on a free transfer
- Gini Wijnaldum is expected to leave Liverpool as a free agent in the summer
- The Dutchman has played a crucial part in Liverpool’s success since he joined
- Jurgen Klopp has praised Wijnaldum ahead of potentially his final match
Jurgen Klopp has hailed Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum as a Liverpool legend ahead of what could be his final game for the club.
The Dutchman’s future at the club is uncertain with his contract set to expire in the summer and a move away looking increasingly likely.
Wijnaldum was one of Klopp’s most important signings in his first summer at the helm of the club, and played a big part in their Champions League and Premier League success.
Jurgen Klopp has praised Gini Wijnaldum ahead of potentially his final match for Liverpool
Wijnaldum played an important part in bringing the Premier League trophy to Anfield
Wijnaldum famously helped Liverpool to their 4-0 comeback victory over Barcelona in 2019
Liverpool play Crystal Palace on the final day of the season, and Wijnaldum will look to help the Reds seal Champions League qualification with a victory.
In Klopp’s pre-match notes ahead of the match, he spoke of how important the 30-year-old was to their success over recent years.
He said: ‘Gini Wijnaldum. An LFC legend now and forever. What this person – this wonderful, joyful, selfless person – has done for our team I cannot sum in words. He is the architect of our success.
‘We’ve built this Liverpool on his legs, lungs, brain and his huge, beautiful heart. If – and it is still if – he goes, he does so knowing we as his teammates are eternally grateful for having this special human being come into our lives. I love him and he’ll always be family.’
The club and player are remaining tight-lipped over Wijnaldum’s future, though it is likely something could be said after the game.
Wijnaludum posted on his social media before the game: ‘MATCHDAY Final round, let’s go!!’ knowing what is at stake for the Reds going into the match.
His goals against Barcelona led to them clinching the Champions League trophy in 2019
The Dutchman joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 from Newcastle for a fee of £23m.
Over his five seasons at the club he has scored 22 goals in 236 appearances.
Arguably his biggest moment for the club was coming off the bench to score twice in Liverpool’s dramatic 4-0 Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at Anfield – having lost the first leg 3-0.
The likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan are all reportedly interested in signing the midfielder on a free transfer.
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