Liverpool have opened talks with Gini Wijnaldum about extending his Reds contract. There have been fears on Merseyside that the Dutchman may not be offered a new deal, but talks between both parties are now underway and there is confidence an agreement can be reached.
Wijnaldum is the anomaly in the Liverpool squad when it comes to contract expiration.
He has had to watch a number of his fellow stars sign new deals and now he is in the final 18 months of his contract.
Now according to The Athletic, there is optimism that a contract extension will be sounded out shortly.
Jurgen Klopp is said to “love” Wijnaldum, which is evident in his team selections this season.
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When Fabinho and Naby Keita arrived at Anfield, the consensus was that Wijnaldum was the most likely man to make way.
But instead he has become a focal part of Liverpool’s midfield and one of the first names on the team sheet.
There has been some unrest amongst supporters that Wijnaldum could in fact be off.
Last month the midfielder remained coy when asked what his ideal outcome would be from the situation.
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“What would I like? It is difficult to say,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It depends on what the club wants and how the situation is at that time. We will see.”
Wijnaldum then added that his full focus is on helping Liverpool win their first Premier League title.
“I’m just focusing on bringing this season to a good end and that’s the only thing I’m thinking of.”
Like the rest of his team-mates, Wijnaldum has been enjoying the winter break ahead of Liverpool’s return to action against Norwich next Saturday.
He has been training in Dubai with Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, to keep his fitness levels ticking over.
Wijnaldum recently backed Klopp’s decision to field their academy side against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.
He added: “Since I’ve been in the Premier League I’ve played the season without a winter break but I also know, before I came to the Premier League, how good it is for a player to have some rest.
“After the rest you can go again. Your body is more rested than if you keep on going, so that’s a good thing.
“As a player you want to be involved in every game there is but you also have to deal with your body and sometimes your body just says that it is not the right choice to do.
“You just have to see how the situation is but if the manager decides that the younger players are going to play the game then we should accept it.”
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