clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Ex-Reds Defender on Liverpool Keeping Gini Wijnaldum and Sadio Mané

Please consider this a work of fiction as neither will ever, ever leave Liverpool. Ever.

Liverpool FC Portrait Archive Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Discussions over extending Gini Wijnaldum’s contract are in an unknown stage of existence. The Liverpool midfielder has fourteen months remaining of his current deal, by which time he would be 31-years-old.

So far the club’s position on Wijnaldum’s future is unclear. And we obviously don’t know Gini’s positions either. But the tricky details probably include money and age. Liverpool want Gini to stay but don’t want to have a mid-thirties Gini sat on the bench picking up big wages. Gini wants to stay but is asking for renewed terms based on outstanding performances and cool vibes.

For the time being, FSG aren’t likely to be committing the club’s money to anyone but ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock believes the situation with Wijnaldum and Liverpool will be sorted out eventually.

“Wijnaldum has been a revelation since he arrived at the club,” said Warnock.

“With the arrival of Keita and Fabinho, you wondered whether he would get in the starting XI. But his form in the last couple of years has been outstanding.

“I’m sure the club understands his value, how important he is and what he brings to the team, so, I’m not too worried because I do feel that one will get done.”

Warnock also wants to see Liverpool continue to offer better deals to Sadio Mané just to head off any ideas the Senegalese forward might get about leaving Anfield for Real Madrid.

Mané just recently signed a new Liverpool contract in September 2019.

“It is important that they try and tie him down because you want to keep your best assets at the club to help bring other big players in,” said Warnock..

“Those players want to play with the best not second best.

“From Mane’s point of view he’s got a manager there that adores him, fans that adore him and he knows the system that he’s playing in.

“Don’t forget the way Liverpool have grown over the last four to five years under Jurgen Klopp. In the last two years they’ve elevated themselves into an elite team now and Mane is arguably Liverpool’s crown jewel in all of that.

“I’m sure if he was to knock on the door and ask for a new contract he’d be rewarded for it as well.”

The thought of Sadio moving on from Liverpool is terrible and Jürgen Klopp knows it and will never let anything bad happen so that’s the end of that.

The Wijnaldum situation is slightly concerning because I think he’s the next James Milner when Millie’s body finally forces him to retire. Gini is comfortable all over the pitch, he’s sharp on the ball, and he’s reliable in big games. Must have.