Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum was linked with Barcelona throughout the summer transfer window, but he ended up staying put. Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has reportedly confirmed that his compatriot had indeed been on his list.
The versatile midfielder joined the Reds from Newcastle United in 2016, and has been a vital ingredient in the formula designed by Jurgen Klopp which brought Liverpool the 2019 Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, as well as the long-awaited Premier League title last season. With 35 league starts (37 appearances) in 2019/20, he was the most consistently available player in Klopp’s team.
At the age of 29, Wijnaldum has entered the final year of his contract and despite several reports suggesting a new one was close, it hasn’t happened yet. Many believed that the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich this summer would signal the end of his Anfield career, but Wijnaldum is still there, and still an important player in the team.
“He [Wijnaldum] was on my list,” Koeman told NOS (via Marca).
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