Jurgen Klopp pens heartfelt message to Georginio Wijnaldum

Tom Gott
Georginio Wijnaldum could be leaving Liverpool
Georginio Wijnaldum could be leaving Liverpool / MICHAEL REGAN/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum in a message which really feels like a goodbye.

Sunday's visit of Crystal Palace could be Wijnaldum's final match in a Liverpool shirt as the Dutchman's contract is set to expire this summer and all attempts to negotiate a new deal have ended in disappointment.

Barcelona have long been linked with a move for Wijnaldum, and although nothing has been finalised, all the signs suggest the 30-year-old could be playing his football at Camp Nou next season.

Klopp has made no secret of his desire to keep Wijnaldum - 90min understands he personally pleaded with the club's board to urge them to find an agreement with the midfielder - but judging by the tone of his message to the midfielder in the matchday programme, it seems like it could be the end.

He wrote: "On the playing staff we have a hugely important player who is out of contract with us. This is hard to write because you never say never and at the time of writing this, he has not confirmed his intentions for next season. But I must recognise him just in case this is his Anfield farewell.

Georginio Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum's contract is winding down / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

"Gini Wijnaldum. An LFC legend now and forever. What this person – this wonderful, joyful, selfless person – has done for our team and club I cannot sum up in words, in truth, because my English is not good enough.

"He is an architect of our success. We have built this Liverpool on his legs, lungs, brain and his huge, beautiful heart. If – and it is still if – he goes, he does so knowing we as his teammates are eternally grateful for having this special human being come into our lives. I love him and he will always be family."

Klopp obviously suggested that the door is not yet closed on Wijnaldum, but can you read that and really believe anything other than his exit is imminent?

Jurgen Klopp
Klopp wants Wijnaldum to stay / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool head into Sunday's game knowing they must match Leicester's result against Tottenham to seal a spot in the top four.

Three points would guarantee qualification for the Champions League and could even see Klopp's side move up to third if Chelsea fail to beat Aston Villa.

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