Klopp confirms Wijnaldum’s Liverpool departure in emotional farewell

Gini Wijnaldum will leave Liverpool this summer, his manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

The Dutch midfielder captained the Reds in their final game of the campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday, when their 2-0 victory secured a third place finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League.

Sadio Mane scored in both halves of the match, with the Reds ultimately finishing above both fourth-place Chelsea and fifth-place Leicester, who both lost their matches.

Wijnaldum received a standing ovation from the Kop when he was replaced by James Milner in the 78th minute, and he was later given a guard of honour by his Reds teammates.

Wijnaldum waved goodbye to the fans when he was replaced

Speaking about the win, Klopp said: “Outstanding, best I could’ve dreamt of – we wanted this feeling, this game, this atmosphere.

“Finishing the season in third is incredible, I can’t believe it – credit to the boys I can’t believe how it worked out in the last few weeks, incredible.

“Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are both cut up and stitched, Rhys hasn’t trained for three days, Gini Wijnaldum leaving the club and we all love him to bits.

“We will miss him so much, with football it’s normal that people leave, but I will miss him so much.”

Klopp also paid tribute to departing Crystal palace manager Roy Hodgson, a former Liverpool boss, who received a kind ovation back at Anfield.

“Roy is a legend as well, very influential and important for football,” said Klopp.

“Travelled the world managing, saw very early how defending really has to work and kept that up through his career, exceptional.”

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