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Jurgen Klopp bids emotional farewell to ‘Liverpool legend’ Georginio Wijnaldum as Dutch international chooses to join Paris Saint-Germain over Barcelona


Jurgen Klopp paid a moving tribute to Georginio Wijnaldum as the midfielder joined Paris Saint-Germain for a free transfer.

The 30-year-old has decided not to stay at Liverpool and left as a free agent after five seasons at Anfield.

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Wijnaldum spent five years at Anfield after joining Newcastle in 2016

The midfielder has played 237 times for the club, winning the Premier League and the Champions League.

He received a guard of honor from his teammates in his last game against Crystal Palace last month.

Wijnaldum had decided his future was elsewhere with PSG by announcing that the Netherlands international had joined them for a free transfer Thursday in a social media post.

His now former boss Klopp paid a brilliant tribute to the midfielder once the news was confirmed.

“As a team, we said goodbye to Gini at Anfield after the last game of the season. There was a public farewell on the pitch with the guard of honor. But then a more private occasion too,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was difficult for all of us because of how important this amazing person is to the group. It has been part of our life for so long. There is nothing I will not miss about him.

“I will miss the player he’s like crazy – the highest quality ability, one of the smartest players I have ever had the privilege of coaching. His contribution was off the scale. , a manager’s dream.

“But as a person, he will leave an equally big hole. A more generous person than you might wish to meet. Gini is very strong and opinionated, but his motivation is only to help the team – always. His teammates adored and respected him in equal measure.

“His smile lit up our workplace. He was a huge part of our beating heart.

Jurgen Klopp bids emotional farewell to ‘Liverpool legend’ Georginio Wijnaldum as Dutch international chooses to join Paris Saint-Germain over Barcelona

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Wijnaldum became Premier League and Champions League winner at Liverpool

“Of course he is now someone else’s and on behalf of the team we wish him every success in France with PSG. It’s no surprise that he has joined such an incredible club. his personality, he will fall in love with the city and the team – and them with him.

“Farewell, Gini: you came, you saw, you won the lot. You are a Liverpool legend now and forever.

Wijnaldum has been linked with Barcelona for some time where he is said to have joined former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.

Barca had been hoping to sign him with compatriot Memphis Depay on free transfers but it hit a stumbling block.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that PSG have made a huge offer to the Netherlands international which Barcelona are unwilling to match.

Jurgen Klopp bids emotional farewell to ‘Liverpool legend’ Georginio Wijnaldum as Dutch international chooses to join Paris Saint-Germain over Barcelona

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Wijnaldum to represent the Netherlands at Euro 2020

He wrote on Twitter: “Georginio Wijnaldum has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona have NO intention of increasing their offer after the deal is ready in 2 weeks and the medicals scheduled.

“Gini is now ready to accept PSG’s proposal until 2024 with a salary more than doubled [compared to Barça bid]. “

This turned out to be the case with the Netherlands international set to play his football in France next season

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