Liverpool: Steve Nicol urges club to keep Gini Wijnaldum
Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum is in the final few months of his contract and is a top target for Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman. The La Liga side expressed interest last summer as their new manager attempted to link up with his fellow Dutchman.
Liverpool are keen to keep hold of Wijnaldum and want to offer the midfielder a contract extension.
Jurgen Klopp continues to rely on the 30-year-old to be the heartbeat of the team and he has made 24 appearances this term.
However, Wijnaldum will not commit his future to the Reds and Sky Sports expert Dharmesh Sheth reckons it is because of the upcoming Barcelona elections.
The Catalan club will vote for a new president on January 24 after Josep Maria Bartomeu walked away last year.
The new chief may want to take the club in a different direction and scrap any plans to sign Wijnaldum.
Koeman’s job is also under threat because Barca are fifth in the table – 10 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
And a potential shake-up at the Nou Camp is a cause for concern for Wijnaldum.
Sheth told Sky Sports: “The Georginio Wijnaldum story interests me because we’re talking about Liverpool and Barcelona; Ronald Koeman hasn’t set the world alight yet at the Nou Camp and one of the reasons Wijnaldum would leave would be due to the Dutch connection – but will Koeman still be in charge?
“The presidential elections are coming so are they going to choose a new technical director that will want the same players that the manager wants? Will the current manager still be there?
“There’s still a lot of things to be sorted which is why Wijnaldum might be taking his time.
“He’s in a good position and holds all the power because of the few months that are left on his contract.
“There’s nothing stopping him from assessing his options. It’s not upsetting Liverpool as he is still getting picked.”
Klopp has recently hailed Wijnaldum but could not shed any light on the contract situation.
“I cannot really say a lot about that. I would be happy if he would stay here. I am pretty happy with Gini as you can see when you look at most of the line-ups,” the German said.
“He always played good, that’s why he’s played the amount of games he has. I cannot remember a lot of bad games to be honest.
“He played for us in plenty of different positions and he is in a good moment thank God. Long may it continue.
“I don’t know how many games he’s played since I’ve been here, it’s good and there’s nothing else to say about it.
“As long as nothing is decided everything is possible. I am positive.”
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