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‘Leaving Liverpool was my biggest regret’ Ryan Babel warns Wijnaldum

Sun 03 January 2021 | 10:25

Former Liverpool winger has hinted that it’s better for his countryman to stay at Anfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum

has been heavily linked with

Barcelona

as he enters the final six months of his contract with the Reds. The 30-year-old is able to negotiate with other clubs in the winter transfer window and is there is currently no sign of a potential contract extension with the English side. The Dutch midfielder has played a key role in Jurgen Klopp’s team and has managed to score 20 goals in 209 appearances in all competitions. In a recent interview with 

The Mirror

,

Ryan Babel

has drawn from his own experiences at

Liverpool

to advise Wijnaldum on his next move.

“I spent almost four years at ­Liverpool under Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalglish. When I left to go and play in Germany, where TSG ­Hoffenheim had become a big force, it was to become the ­biggest regret of my career.

“The only reason

I left was because I wanted to have more playing minutes to keep my place in the Holland team, but you don’t realise how dominating the playing style is at Liverpool until you play in a different team and league.

“I was brought up with really attacking football at 

Ajax

. In the academy, you learn to play that way. When I moved to ­Liverpool, it was exactly the same. It is in the DNA of the club to play attacking football.

“I loved every ­minute I was at Liverpool. ­Fortunately, Dirk Kuyt was at Liverpool and he was a massive support to me. As a Liverpool player, you are always in the spotlight. The club is massive.

“Scoring the winning goal against 

Manchester United

 at Anfield was the highlight of my time.”


source: SportMob