Former Premier League striker Michael Brown believes that Georginio Wijnaldum deserves to be one of the highest earners at the club.
Wijnaldum pay rise?
The 30-year-old’s future at Anfield has been uncertain for some time with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, but he continues to be a regular for Jurgen Klopp, who previously described the midfielder as “perfect.”
Since moving to Merseyside from relegated Newcastle United in 2016, Wijnaldum has gone on to score 21 goals and provide 16 assists from 211 appearances (TransferMarkt). Most notably, his contributions during Liverpool’s emphatic 4-0 win against Barcelona in 2019 will be what the Dutchman is remembered for – having embedded himself into the club’s folklore.
Speaking with Football Insider, Brown believes that Wijnaldum deserves to be right up there at the top of the Anfield earners.
He said: “I think when your contract is coming to an end like it is, you’ve answered the question, yes, because ultimately he hasn’t gotten any time left to run so he has to be getting paid in parity to the others.
“You’ve got to look what he contributes, he gives them everything. I just think he’s managed to tick his contract down and he’s in a very, very strong position, and he’ll get some great offers from around Europe, that’s a fact.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano did confirm that a contract offer was on the table for Wijnaldum – but he is in discussions with his family regarding what he wants to do next.
Due to the current economic climate, it would be unreasonable for him to expect a pay packet similar to Mohamed Salah, who is Liverpool’s highest earner on £200k-per-week (Spotrac).
The Kop faithful will be understandably disappointed if he opts to leave – with Barcelona possibly being his next destination if that was to happen. That being said, it all depends what sort of deal the Reds have tabled for his continued services going forward.
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