Jamie Carragher has disputed Gini Wijnaldum’s claims over why he left Liverpool for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, saying it was all about money rather than social media abuse.
The Dutchman left Anfield after five years at Liverpool with his contract coming to an end and no agreement on an extension being reached.
The 30-year-old has now spoken out about his decision to leave the club, saying that he was targeted with abuse on social media after matches and he felt like a scapegoat for the Reds’ poor performances.
He told The Times: ‘Liverpool meant so much to me. There was some moment when I didn’t feel love and appreciated there.
“Not by my teammates, not the people at Melwood. I know they all loved me and I loved them. It was not from that side, more from the other side.
‘There was a moment when I didn’t feel loved. In the last two seasons, I had it a few times.
‘The media didn’t help. There was a story like I didn’t accept the [Liverpool] offer because I wanted more money, and the fans made it like, “OK, he didn’t get the offer so he doesn’t try his best to win games.” Everything looked like it was against me. Some moments it was like, “Wow, me again?”
‘The fans in the stadium and the fans in social media were two different things. In the stadium, I can say nothing bad about them. They always supported me.
‘On social media if we lost I was the one who got the blame — [claiming] that I wanted to leave.’
Liverpool legend Carragher has not taken this kindly, saying that Wijnaldum did indeed leave because of money issues and that he should not use social media comments as an excuse.
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