Georginio Wijnaldum: Jurgen Klopp praises midfielder and says contract uncertainty not affecting performances

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Georginio Wijnaldum’s ongoing contract issue has had no impact on their relationship, and he remains optimistic about the midfielder’s future.

The Holland international is out of contract next summer, which means he can begin negotiating with overseas clubs from January 1, and talks about extending his stay at Anfield have hit an impasse despite Klopp clearly wanting him to stay.

Wijnaldum was heavily linked with Barcelona in the last transfer window but there will be plenty of other clubs interested in a player who has been a key part of Liverpool’s success over the last three years.

He made his 201st appearance – only 28 of which were as a substitute – in just over four seasons in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Atalanta.

Diogo Jota is congratulated by Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum after scoring against Atalanta

Image:Wijnaldum has made 15 appearances across all competitions so far this season

“I cannot really say a lot about that. I would be happy if he would stay here. I am pretty happy with Gini as you can see when you look at most of the line-ups,” said Klopp ahead of the trip to Brighton.

“He played always good, that’s why he’s played the amount of games he has. I cannot remember a lot of bad games to be honest.

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