Georginio Wijnaldum struggled to hold back the tears after he confirmed he had made a
definitive decision on his Liverpool future. The 30-year-old was signed by Jürgen Klopp
five years ago after the Netherlands international was unable to save Newcastle from
relegation. Wijnaldum has since proven to be Liverpool’s man for all seasons over
the course of his career on Merseyside, making 178 Premier League appearances at the
heart of Liverpool’s engine room.
The former Feyenoord star played a pivotal role as the Reds romped to the title last
season and was also the two-goal hero in an epic Champions League semi-final win over
Barcelona en route to a sixth European crown back in 2019
With his contract set to expire at the start of next month, however, Wijnaldum is set
to embark on the next chapter of his career with Barcelona one of the leading contenders
to sign him on a free transfer.
‘I’m fighting against tears right now,’ he said after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
at Anfield, a victory that cemented Champions League qualification.
‘The people in Liverpool have shown me, love, during the five years. I will miss them,
you know? I hope to have played many more years for the club but unfortunately, things
‘I have to start a new adventure. I knew I went to a big club. I remember that I was sitting
in the living room and the manager said when I come to Liverpool we would win prizes.
I am happy it went that will. It would have been really painful to leave the club without any.