We’d absolutely love it if out of nowhere, Liverpool announced that Gini Wijnaldum had extended his contract.
At EOTK, we adore the Dutchman and think he’s been about as vital a cog in Jurgen Klopp’s winning machine as anybody.
No other midfielder has played more, including Jordan Henderson, since Gini’s arrival in 2016, but despite talks being ongoing for over a year, nothing has been penned – and it doesn’t look especially imminent – either.
According to Calcio Mercato, Inter Milan are now in the running for the 30-year-old’s signature. Liverpool will not sell Gini mid-season, but come January 1, in 45 days’ time, any club wishing to sign him will be able to freely offer him a Bosman contract – which if he accepts – will confirm a summer 2021 transfer.
We will receive no transfer fee and lose a vital cog in our engine – one who tactically understands the demands Jurgen Klopp puts on him, despite the fact he enjoys a freer, goalscoring role for Netherlands.
It might just be this reason that Gini fancies a challenge elsewhere. His position for his country is a more exciting, attacking one – and he could thrive in such a role for any top European club.
We wouldn’t begrudge him a switch, we’d just love him to have a change of heart.