Klopp overlooked in major Liverpool decision as ‘delicate balancing act’ emerges

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was overlooked by Fenway Sports Group in the decision to release Giorginio Wijnaldum from his contract with Liverpool this summer.

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Jurgen Klopp saw his wishes overlooked by Fenway Sports Group in allowing Georginio Wijnaldum to leave on a free transfer to PSG this summer.

According to The Athletic, Klopp was adamant that Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum was still in his plans when FSG gave the green light for his release.

Klopp, 54, joined Liverpool in 2015 after successful spells with Borussia Dortmund and FSV Mainz in the Bundesliga.

Under his leadership, Liverpool have reached the pinnacle of English and European football, becoming European and Premier League champions in 2019 and 2020.

The German boss has input on retaining and signing new players, but the Fenway Sports Group still maintains the final say in financial matters.

Georginio Wijnaldum and manager Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on May 23, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Concerns have emerged about the lack of control Klopp has over his players’ futures, especially after reports that contract talks between Liverpool skipper Henderson, 31, have stalled.

The Fenway Sports Group – founded by John W. Henry and Thomas C. Werner – are currently chairmen of Liverpool FC and NBA franchise Boston Celtics.

It is believed they are concerned by the age of some of the key members of their squad. Henderson will be 33 by the end of his current deal, expiring in 2023.

Indeed, it has also been claimed that the Liverpool owners are aware of the ‘delicate balancing act’ and are aware of making such decisions.

FSG forecast 2022 as the year they plan to refresh the squad, focusing on younger players. This summer, Liverpool have signed former RB Leipzig and u-21 French International Ibrahima Konate, 22, to bolster their defensive options.

Like Wijnaldum, Henderson is viewed as an essential member of the squad by the German. If it were up to Klopp, Henderson would have already signed a new deal.

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Jordan Henderson captain of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on January 13, 2021 in Kirkby, England.

Wijnaldum left in acrimonious terms, admitting in a post on social media that he wanted to stay at the Merseyside club.

In a post on Twitter, he stated: “I would have loved to remain a Liverpool player for many more years, but unfortunately, things went different. I have to start a new adventure.

“I did not sign somewhere else; everyone knows in football everything can happen.

“The fans deserve to know the story behind it.”

There is evidence of a fraught off-the-pitch relationship between FSG and Klopp. Klopp revealed he was taken entirely by surprise by plans of the Super League in April of this year.

In a press conference a few days after the announcement, he claimed: “if they would have spoken to me before, I would have told them, ‘No, that’s not a good idea.’ Would it have changed something? I don’t know.”

The Anfield boss is contracted to Liverpool FC until 2024, but in an interview with German newspaper Der Sport Buzzer, he admitted that he does not plan to extend his contract past that point.

Jurgen Klopp takes pre-season training in Austria


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With still two years left on his deal, Klopp is fully focused on the season ahead and Liverpool fans should not be too concerned about a future without their beloved manager.

Speaking to in Austria on Sunday, Klopp reflected on what has been a positive pre-season so far.

“The training sessions look so far exceptionally well. We’re happy with the circumstances.

“We could really train a lot and exactly what we wanted to. So far everybody came through it and that’s really pleasing.”

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