Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has been backed to extend his stay at Anfield as supporters sweat on his future. The Dutchman has become a vital cog in Jurgen Klopp’s juggernaut, but doubts continue to linger all the while the matter remains unresolved.
Wijnaldum spoke shadily on his future back in January, claiming it was “difficult to say” what he wants.
But all parties remain relaxed and are hopeful of reaching an agreement in the near future.
The former Newcastle man has been a mainstay in Klopp’s midfield since he arrived at Anfield and that is not set to change anytime soon.
According to former Tottenham and Leeds midfielder Michael Brown, Liverpool will not be panicking and will work hard to reach an agreement.
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“Would you want a player of his ability to be on a longer contract? Possibly, with two years,” he told Football Insider.
“You don’t really want anyone under two years, any of the players who have played regularly.
“Liverpool are in a great position, Wijnaldum will want to stay at Liverpool.
“The tides are turning for Liverpool in that they don’t have to rush it so much as they would have a few years ago.
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“Players will want to be at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp so they’ll get the deal done when they’re ready.”
Wijnaldum was tipped as the one who would lose his place in the side following the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho.
But instead its the new boys who have been left fighting for their place in the starting line up.
Wijnaldum turns 30 later this year and there has been some suggestion that his age may play a factor in the length of any new deal.
Danny Mills believes Liverpool will be hesitant to table a new long-term contract offer.
“A lot of clubs do not want to give more than one-year deals when a player gets to that sort of age,” he told Football Insider.
“He will be thinking he deserves at least a couple of years after winning the Champions League and the Premier League.
“There will be some negotiations to be had about how long it is more than anything else. That could well be the key.
“It is a bit of cat and mouse. A game of poker but everybody has a price.
“Hopefully, they can meet in the middle somewhere.”
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