Jurgen Klopp declined to say if Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will play his farewell game for Liverpool this weekend. He said the midfielder’s dedication to the club is unquestionable. Wijnaldum’s contract at Anfield expires next month, and the 30-year-old has shown no signs of committing to a new deal.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona have both been connected with the Dutch international. He is expected to lead Liverpool against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday.
Klopp declines to be drawn on Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum future
At a news conference in Kirkby on Friday, Klopp declined to be drawn on Wijnaldum’s future, telling reporters: “There’s nothing to say at the moment.” We’re going to play a game. After the final whistle on Sunday, we’ll see.”
Later, he was asked whether he was concerned about such a powerful player – Wijnaldum has made 50 appearances in all competitions this season – going into such a crucial game with his future unknown.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve faced situations like this, and the lads have always performed admirably,” he added.
“All of the lads have a lot of character. The lads are used to dealing with discussions and such situations. Gini’s integrity is undeniable. He’s a fantastic man, a fantastic man who is dedicated to the team and the club to the end. We’ll see when it happens.”
However, Klopp confirmed one resignation from Liverpool, with long-serving kit man Graham Carter departing.
Carter has been a member of the Reds’ first squad since 1999, having previously worked as a driver for the club.
Klopp described his kit guy as “the greatest I’ve ever had.” “At the very least, the most experienced kit guy I’ve ever had!” Figures of a father and grandfather. We’ll bid him farewell in a dignified manner.”
Klopp also delivered a message to Liverpool fans, with 10,000 expected to attend Sunday’s must-win game at Anfield.
He replied, “I’d want to use this occasion to greet them all. You have no idea how excited I am to see all of you, or at least 10,000 of you, again. However, it is critical that, despite our excitement, we should not lose patience after a minute or so if things are not moving properly. We require the greatest assistance possible. All of these things are positive and encouraging. Like when we last saw each other, which seems like a long time ago.”