Former Premier League and England striker Darren Bent has asked why Liverpool chose not to cash in on Georginio Wijnaldum before Monday’s deadline.
The 29-year-old’s future at Anfield has been up in the air for some time, which was made worse after he rejected a new contract last month.
Wijnaldum has been attracting interest from Barcelona, with his compatriot Ronald Koeman recently taking the hot seat as the Catalan giants’ new manager.
With no deal in place from either side, the Holland international is now in the position to put pen to paper on a pre-contractual agreement when the January transfer window opens its doors.
With this in mind, Bent was flummoxed as to why the Reds chose not to sell the Dutchman as they now face the risk of losing him next summer for free.
“It’s a weird situation this because I thought when Thiago came in I thought: ‘Ooh, he must be off then,’ but he’s still there”, he told Football Insider.
“We still don’t know what is going on. He’s still got great quality, he’s an absolute folk hero with the Liverpool fans with some of the goals he’s come up within big games.
Do you want Gini Wijnaldum to sign a new contract with Liverpool?
“He clearly wants to move on, he’s not signed a new contract, so you’d have to say why didn’t they get a deal done sooner rather than later? He’s been an outstanding servant for Liverpool and he’s a top, top player.
“You’d like to see him go somewhere else now. If he’s not going to sign the new contract then get what you can for him but sometimes it’s a bit difficult to do that.”
It’s a bit of a mystery why Jurgen Klopp didn’t sort this out over the summer, and Bent raises some fair points about this conundrum.
Wijnaldum has been a key member of the German tactician’s squad since his £25m move from Newcastle United in 2016, helping them win the Champions League and the Premier League in the space of 13 months.
But with the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich over the summer, it may have cast doubts over his opportunities of first-team football at Anfield going forward.
Having been such a wonderful servant for the football club, the ball is in now Wijnaldum’s court. It is unlikely that Liverpool will stand in his way if he wants to leave, and they may regret not getting a fee for him come January.
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