Liverpool could be embarrassed as £180k/week star is ‘open to’ Spurs January move – was ‘desperate’ to stay at Anfield

Spurs could sign Georginio Wijnaldum and, in my opinion, letting the Dutchman return to the Premier League before he’s been replaced at Anfield would be a major indictment on FSG’s recent investment into the Liverpool squad.

According to 90Min, the PSG star could move to Tottenham Hotspur as part of a loan swap involving one of Tanguy Ndombele or Dele Alli as his career in France hasn’t gone according to plan so far.

Letting him join Spurs when Liverpool could greatly benefit from his presence in the side is embarrassing and if it happens, major questions need to be asked of owners FSG.

The most frustrating aspect of the Wijanldum saga is that he was desperate to stay at the club, as per the Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst, but they refused to extend his contract despite his importance to the side.

Georginio Wijnaldum

This was due to his age and wage demands. At Parc des Princes, he is earning £180,000 a week which is already £45,000 less than what Thiago Alcantara earns but that’s fair given the Spaniard is one of the best midfielders of his generation.

What baffled me is that not two months after his exit from the club, Jordan Henderson was given a contract renewal which extends his terms with the club until 2025 when he will be 35.

The Englishman has been in dreadful form the last two months and has made costly errors and as much as I understand the reasoning behind the decision to give him a new contract, it directly contradicts the reasons given for Wijnaldum being told to pack his bags.

It’s too late to reason with the club and argue for a Wijnaldum extension but what baffles me even more is that FSG and Jurgen Klopp let one of the most important starters in the team leave without a replacement being signed.

Paris Saint-Germain's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between RC Lens and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, northern France on December 4, 2021. (Photo by François LO PRESTI / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP via Getty Images)

If Spurs sign Wijnaldum on loan before Liverpool have signed his replacement then that would be the perfect example of why FSG are not fit to lead the Reds forward as a club with ambitions of winning major trophies every season.

The irony is that fans aren’t even being unrealistic. Sure, we’d all like to see Kylian Mbappe shredding defences in Red but most fans recognise that his personal terms would simply be too expensive.

The same goes for Erling Haaland but missing out on the likes of Donyell Malen and Patson Daka, who have incidentally been rather anonymous this season, felt like the failure of a smaller club. Like our neighbours across the park perhaps.

Liverpool need more ambition from their owners otherwise it will become the norm to be 9+ points behind Man City midway through the season.

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Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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