Gini Wijnaldum has almost certainly played his last game for Liverpool.
That’s it. A 2-0 win over Crystal Palace to secure a top four spot is the end. It’s a good result and a good send off for what feels like an emotional end. Certainly when you listen to the man himself.
“I’m fighting against tears right now”, BBC Sport report Wijnaldum as saying. “The people in Liverpool have shown me love during the five years. I will miss them, you know? I hope to have played many more years for the club but unfortunately things went different. I have to start a new adventure. I knew I went to a big club. I remember that I was sitting in the living room and the manager said when I come to Liverpool we would win prizes. I am happy it went that will. It would have been really painful to leave the club without any.
“It’s really special. Since I’ve joined the fans have sung my name. Week-in, week-out they saw I was giving 100% to give everything for this club. That’s what the supporters want to see and that’s what they appreciate from me. It is something I’m going to miss.
[Getting Champions League qualification is] really important. Normally you want to leave on a high winning something. Unfortunately this season it was not possible but I’m happy I can leave the club behind in the Champions League.
“I didn’t sign somewhere else. Everyone knows in football everything can happen. The situation is right now that on 1st July I am not a Liverpool player. We will see what I will do in the next couple of weeks. I will rest a little bit then go to the national team. I will have to look at my story and how everything went. The fans deserve to know the story behind it.”
If this is the end, it’s a good one. Thanks for everything, Gini. I’m sure you’ll be a star wherever you go next.