Gini Wijnaldum can't consider himself to be worthy of a place among Liverpool's top earners, according to former Premier League striker Darren Bent.
Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum is out of contract with the Reds at the end of the season, and there currently appears to be little chance of him signing a new deal in the coming weeks.
Liverpool are said to want to keep the 30-year-old, who has consistently been a key player for Jurgen Klopp, but both parties are currently apart on issues concerning the offer of a new deal.
The former Newcastle man is still on the same contract he signed after arriving from the Magpies in the summer of 2016, and he is said to earn around £75,000 a week.
While the impasse over a new deal is believed to centre around the number of years on the contract, several reports indicate that Wijnaldum is also after a hike in wages that will put him on a par with some of the club's top earners.
Former Tottenham, Aston Villa and England forward Bent doesn't think he's worth that though, and has questioned Wijnaldum's position in the squad.
“He’s been very, very good, but no, I’m not putting him on the same wages as Salah, Mane, even Firmino, for that matter,” Bent told Football Insider.
“But to kind of catapult yourself to where van Dijk is, Alisson, these guys, them two, for instance, changed lives at Liverpool when they came in.
“So to say you want to be on the same kind of level as them, I don’t think so, you can’t get away with that.
“He certainly deserves a bigger wage than he’s probably on but to say that he wants to be one of the top earners in the same bracket as them guys, no.”
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