Barnes: ‘I would love Wijnaldum to stay’

Sat 12 December 2020 | 18:56

John Barnes would not like to see Georginio Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool and he believes it would be ‘a real shame’ for the club but the 30-year-old Dutch is looking for more money in his new contract.




John Barnes

believes it would be ‘a real shame’ if

Georginio Wijnaldum

left Liverpool.

Wijnaldum’s contract expires in the summer of 2021 and he has not yet signed a new contract with the Reds.

Wijnaldum has helped to deliver

Champions League


Premier League

title for the club and now he is looking for more money in his new contract.

“It would be a real shame if Georginio Wijnaldum was to leave the club next summer,” Barnes said.

“He’s been fantastic during his time at Liverpool. In fact, he’s been one of the best players this season, but contracts can get tricky and are tough to come to the right agreement. 

“It’s obvious that he wants more money so will want to find a club who is willing to pay him what he wants. 

“If he was to leave Liverpool, it would be a shame as I would love him to stay, but it’s not as simple as Liverpool don’t want to keep him because they do.

“Money talks, and at his age, renewing a contract can get so complicated. We’ll have to see what happens for him and whether an agreement can be made.” 

While it is not clear whether Wijnaldum stays at the club or not,

Caoimhin Kelleher

seems to have a different situation as the young goalkeeper has been impressing everyone recently.

“Caoimhin Kelleher did brilliantly in both of his starts against Ajax and Wolves,” Barnes added on Kelleher.

“It is good to see that Jurgen Klopp has another option in goal if/when Alisson was to get injured. 

“Regarding Kelleher being a permanent number two ahead of Adrian, he’s definitely better with the ball at his feet but I do still believe that Adrian is a better shot-stopper. However, Kelleher has a great future in the game.

“Obviously, at this moment in time, no one will be able to replace Alisson Becker as the number one goalkeeper, but if he keeps performing well when he gets the chance, then there is no reason as to why he couldn’t take over that number one spot in the long term.” 

source: SportMob