Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) to offer Georginio Wijnaldum a new contract amid reports linking the midfielder with a move in January, according to Eurosport.
The report states Klopp is eager for the Netherlands international to extend his stay with the Reds. His current contract is set to expire in the summer.
The 30-year-old will be free to negotiate pre-contract terms with non-English clubs from the beginning of January. Spanish giants Barcelona have been strongly linked.
Barca manager Ronald Koeman is said to be keen to bring his compatriot to Camp Nou. It is Klopp, however, who is reportedly in the driving seat. The German is said to be confident he can persuade his midfielder to remain in England.
Klopp – strong relationship key to deal
The Reds boss has a positive relationship with Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards. The pair have worked together in recent years to bring several talented players to the club.
Klopp played a key role in recruiting Bayern Munich star Thiago in the summer. He’s confident he can play a similar role in urging Wijnaldum to stay.
Other recent arrivals include Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota. The latter has proved an exceptional signing having scored nine goals for his new club.
Midfielder reportedly keen on exit
Wijnaldum has reportedly already made a decision on his future, which lies away from Liverpool.
The midfielder failed to agree terms with the Reds during the latest round of talks. However, Klopp feels keeping Wijnaldum – even with a pay rise – is worth it.
The Netherlands star has started 11 of Liverpool’s 12 Premier League games this season. He has also appeared in five of the club’s six Champions League group-stage matches.