“If Liverpool are serious”: Michael Edwards urged to sign £180,000/week midfielder to complete Liverpool squad

Liverpool have been told to end Georginio Wijnaldum’s Paris Saint-Germain nightmare and after Jurgen Klopp tried to re-sign Phillipe Coutinho multiple times, it’s not the first time he’d be tempted.

The Dutchman left the club after failing to reach an agreement with Fenway Sports Group over a new contract but he has been a bystander at PSG.

Wijnaldum reportedly earns £180,000 per week in Paris – a wage he was never going to be paid on Merseyside – but Stan Collymore wants him to return to Anfield on a cut-price deal after his summer departure.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Jurgen Klopp urged to return for Wijnaldum as PSG nightmare continues

As quoted by the Mirror, the former Liverpool star said: “Wijnaldum is having a proper wobbler at Paris Saint-Germain and, despite the fact he’s earning a king’s ransom, if I were Jurgen Klopp I’d chance my arm with a cheeky low-ball offer to try to get him back to Liverpool.

“He’s 32 in November, the same age as Jordan Henderson and four years younger than James Milner, and he’d be a great player for the youngsters at Anfield such as Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones to learn from, too.

“I’m not usually a fan of going back but if there’s a cheap deal to be done, my old club could still be getting a proper, top-level performer.

“If Liverpool are serious then having Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum around that midfield for another 12 or 24 months could not only help Jones and Elliott but it would also crucially get an extra body into the area as well.

Georginio Wijnaldum

“He knows the way they play, he knows the manager well, he knows the dressing-room well, and if PSG would say, ‘Look, we’ll get him off the wage bill for free or even £5million or £8m’, you’d take him.

“He’s generally a good pro, he doesn’t create problems.”

Would Liverpool be making a mistake or could Wijnaldum contribute?

During his time at Anfield, the Dutch international was one of my favourite players but I can’t spin this into anything but a mistake, unfortunately.

Had Liverpool extended his contract it would have been a different story. I was one of the most vocal supporters when it came to expressing my frustration at the news that the club would not be extending his deal.

Jurgen Klopp and Georginio Wijnaldum

However, now that he is a PSG player and he’s 31 and will be 31 in November, it makes very little sense to bring him back. Especially when you consider he’d be unlikely to be willing to take a wage cut on his huge £180k/week earnings.

It makes far more sense to recruit someone younger and with an opinion piece penned linking Liverpool with a successor to Fabinho, it might be better to go for a 23-year-old.

That said, it still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth thinking about how he left the club given that Jordan Henderson was handed a new contract shortly after and if James Milner is also kept at the club it will only make the situation look all the more baffling.

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

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