Some Liverpool fans have been reacting to comments made by midfielder Gini Wijnaldum about his contract situation.
The Netherlands international’s current deal at Anfield expires in the summer of 2021, and there has been some clamour recently for him to extend following some terrific form for the Reds.
Indeed, Wijnaldum – who cost £25 million in 2016 (BBC Sport) – has become a hugely important member of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, and arguably 2019/20 has been one of his best seasons since arriving in English football.
Despite there only being 18 months remaining on his current deal, Wijnaldum isn’t currently in any rush to pen a fresh contract.
He told Sky Sports: “I’m just focusing on bringing this season to a good end and that’s the only thing I’m thinking of.
“What would I like? It is difficult to say. It depends on what the club wants and how the situation is at that time. We will see.”
Liverpool, of course, are in an extremely healthy position right now and stand to win their first league title for 30 years and first ever Premier League trophy.
Perhaps Wijnaldum merely sees contract talks as a potential distraction at this moment in time.
He’s been in wonderful form, and he probably wants to avoid the initial pressures of signing a deal that would very likely increase his wages and therefore bring more scrutiny.
Liverpool fans react
Some Liverpool fans on social media were a little disappointed by Wijnaldum’s reluctance to acknowledge his contract situation:
Man I’d be gutted if he left ?
— T Roy (@RoyTroy9j77) January 28, 2020
Hope it’s not another Emre Can situation.
— Tangysauraus (@tangyelnino) January 28, 2020
underwhelming response for someone at the champions of europe and the world
— David Goulbourn (@DavidGoulbourn1) January 27, 2020
His social media has become incredibly cryptic over the past few weeks as well…
— Kevin Rissetto (@KRissetto) January 27, 2020
In all fairness Id say the same to my employers if I was negotiating new terms. Take the comments with a pinch of salt
— 6x (@gbgreds) January 28, 2020
I’d personally sign him up long term. Model professional, still loads to offer, eventually leading to him becoming a natural successor to Milner as a utility player.
— unstoppabliTEE! ⚽?⚪?⚪?⚪ (@UnbearableTeee) January 28, 2020
Gini Wijnaldum, whether you’re like it or not, is one of Liverpool’s most important players. No chance Klopp is okay with him leaving on a free. He’s Klopp’s most picked player, vital to the system, what player in the squad fills his role? No one.
— Kyle (@SixTimesLFC) January 27, 2020
I don’t care what it takes just give Gini Wijnaldum whatever he wants to sign new contract .
— Ahmed Elhafi (@AhmedLFC91) January 27, 2020
Get the man what he wants and needs. Not many out their are at his level. Would be a disaster to loose him. @LFC fix Gini’s contract asap.
— Nick Atanason (@NAtanason) January 27, 2020
Dont understand why it’s not being taken care of he is a massive part to our success, sort it out lads
— Jordan Schlansky (@yeraya100) January 27, 2020