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Liverpool chief Michael Edwards has been warned he must extend Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract or spend £60million on a replacement. Wijnaldum’s contract at Liverpool expires at the end of the season and he is free to talk to foreign clubs regarding a free summer transfer in January. The Dutchman turned 30 in November and Reds chiefs are not yet willing to hand a long-term contract to a player of that age.
Wijnaldum has become a crucial member of Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent seasons and has started 11 of the 12 Premier League games so far this term.
Ex-Liverpool left-back Stephen Warnock is a huge fan of the former Newcastle midfielder.
Warnock reckons it would cost up to £60m to bring in a player of Wijnaldum’s quality if he were to leave the club.
And he doubts if Liverpool have the funds to make such a signing.
“One hundred per cent I would [keep him],” Warnock told Stadium Astro.
“To go into the market and buy someone like Gini Wijnaldum you’re looking at £50m-£60m.
“Do Liverpool have the finances to do that after the pandemic? I don’t think they do.
“They’ve obviously bought Thiago into the squad as well.
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“But one thing you would say is when Liverpool bought in Naby Keita, bought in Fabinho, everyone thought that was the end of Wijnaldum.
“Wijnaldum’s game lifted hugely, showed his importance, we all remember his key role coming off the bench in the Barcelona game.
“He was outstanding in the Champions League final and he is Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man in the midfield.
“He knows what he gets from him, he knows his ability, he knows his capabilities.
“He plays a little bit of a different role for Holland and scores lots of goals from midfield but fits into Liverpool’s system so well.
“He will help the younger players coming through and be able to nurture them as well.
“I personally think it’s a decision whether Wijnaldum wants to go and put Barcelona on his CV, which is a massive project over the next four or five years of rebuilding, or whether he thinks ‘I’m at the age now where I’m coming to 31, Liverpool are in an incredible moment, I’m at the club I need to be at’.”
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