Since Gini Wijnaldum’s departure to PSG earlier this month, the race has been on to secure an acceptable replacement for him in this transfer window. As usual with transfer gossip, plenty of names have been thrown around as the journos and fans wait to see which one will stick.
One of the names mentioned is Scotland and Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn. Before Scotland’s group stage exit from the European Championship, McGinn and Scotland captain Andy Robertson were training and playing together. As reported by The Athletic, Jurgen Klopp apparently as Robertson, a trusted figure of this Liverpool side, about McGinn, with whom Robertson is close friends.
Could Robertson help give McGinn the nudge he needs to help Klopp secure a move?
Pundit and former Leeds United player Noel Whelan seems confident that Robertson will get a move done.
“I’m sure you’ve got Robertson giving Jurgen Klopp some rave reviews about him,” Whelan said.
“Sometimes that’s what other players do in an international set-up, they give their opinion to a manager. He’s a player that’s well respected by Jurgen Klopp. He’s been admired number of years, even in the Championship, has John McGinn. A fantastic player, tenacious, great energy, can score goals and likes to run in behind.”
The 26-year-old who is said to be valued at £45million by Aston Villa still has three years on his contract. So if Liverpool are serious about him, they’ll need a good push to make it happen.