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Jurgen Klopp addresses Gini Wijnaldum’s exit in Liverpool programme notes

Jurgen Klopp has not given up hope of persuading Georginio Wijnaldum to stay at Liverpool and claims he doesn’t have the words to explain the midfielder’s true impact at Anfield.

Wijnaldum joined The Reds from Newcastle in 2016 for £25million and has gone on to make 236 appearances for the club.

The 30-year-old has been a driving force from midfield as the club returned to English football’s top table, winning the Premier League and Club World Cup in 2020 and the Champions League the year before.

However, Wijnaldum’s contract is set to expire this summer and he is expected to depart Anfield, with the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Internazionale all waiting in the wings.

Gini Wijnaldum has been crucial to Liverpool’s success since arriving in 2016

Klopp acknowledged the former PSV and Feyenoord man may indeed leave Liverpool this summer when writing his programme notes for the match with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The German head coach spoke with real passion as he expressed his ‘love’ for Wijnaldum and stated he cannot sum up the midfielder’s importance to the club ‘because my English is not good enough’.

Klopp said: “On the playing staff we have a hugely important player who is out of contract with us. This is hard to write because you never say never and at the time of writing this, he has not confirmed his intentions for next season. But I must recognise him just in case this is his Anfield farewell.

“Gini Wijnaldum. An LFC legend now and forever. What this person – this wonderful, joyful, selfless person – has done for our team and club I cannot sum up in words, in truth, because my English is not good enough.

Roy Hodgson is set to wave goodbye to Crystal Palace after Sunday's match with Liverpool
Roy Hodgson is set to wave goodbye to Crystal Palace after Sunday’s match with Liverpool

“He is an architect of our success. We have built this Liverpool on his legs, lungs, brain and his huge, beautiful heart.

“If – and it is still if – he goes, he does so knowing we as his teammates are eternally grateful for having this special human being come into our lives. I love him and he will always be family.”

Klopp also used his programme notes to pay tribute to former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson has managed across Europe during his career, including at iconic clubs such as Inter Milan and also his country, but is set to depart Crystal Palace this summer after four years at the helm.

Klopp said: “He is a brilliant person and a super manager. It’s no exaggeration to say he was an innovator in our industry – someone coaches of my generation look up to and learned from. I’m sure that’s the case for lots of managers and coaches, actually, of all ages.

“What a career he has had. Leading some of the top clubs in Europe, including LFC, international teams, his own country’s national team and latterly his home club. I am so pleased he leaves Palace having been a huge success with them.

“Whatever he chooses to do next, I’m sure it will involve this game of ours somehow.

“On behalf of everyone at Liverpool Football Club we wish him well… although not until after the game today.”




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