Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sends emotional farewell message to Georginio Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum spent five years at Liverpool after having arrived from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016. The Dutchman took little time to establish himself as a regular under Klopp and was one of the Reds’ most vital cogs in the success that they achieved with the German tactician.
A workhorse in the middle of the park, the 30-year-old brought a lot of value to the team. However, his time at Anfield has now come to end, with the midfielder signing for PSG on a Bosman move.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) June 10, 2021
Talking about the move, Klopp opened up on how difficult a moment it was for the squad, while also adding that Wijnaldum would be leaving a gaping hole in the side.
“It was difficult for all of us because of how much this astonishing person means to the group. He’s been a big part of our lives for so long. There is nothing I won’t miss about him. I will miss the player he is like crazy – highest-quality ability, one of the smartest players I have ever had the privilege to coach. His contribution was off the scale, a manager’s dream.
“But as a person he’ll leave just as big a hole. A more giving individual you could not wish to meet. Gini is very strong and opinionated, but his motivation is only to help the team – always. His teammates adored him and respected him in equal measure.”
Klopp then had an emotional message for the Dutchman as he embarks on a new journey in his career.
“Of course, he is now someone else’s and on behalf of the team we wish him great success in France with PSG. It is no surprise he’s joined such an amazing club. Knowing his personality, he will fall in love with the city and the team – and they with him.
“Farewell, Gini: you came, you saw, you won the lot. You’re a Liverpool legend now and forever.”
The boss delivers a heartfelt farewell to @GWijnaldum ❤️
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 10, 2021
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Wijnaldum made 237 appearances for Liverpool in total, scoring 22 goals and setting up 16 more.