The head coach of Liverpool FC, Jurgen Klopp is considering a reunion with Wijnaldum. The idea gained attention after Winjnaldum’s name was omitted from the list of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad that would be touring Japan in preparation for the new season under their new boss, Christophe Galtier.
Last summer, after the expiration of his contract at the Kop, the Dutch international midfielder decided to seek a new challenge elsewhere, which led him to the French capital.
He has since admitted that his experience in Paris was a “mistake and a nightmare”. Wijnaldum’s exit from the Reds has not gone to plan as he was very vocal most of last season about his unfavorable situation under Mauricio Pochettino.
He was tagged as ‘Ligue 1 Flop of the Year’ by a French media outlet, which might come across as harsh but isn’t far-fetched considering the fanfare surrounding his arrival last summer.
It is also speculated that the PSG South American contingent led by Lionel Messi did not get along with Wijnaldum during the club’s training sessions.
Wijnaldum did not feature in most of PSG’s 38 Ligue 1 matches last season. This has further granted momentum leading to speculations that Klopp considers reuniting with Wijnaldum after having a fruitful time together.
His stats aren’t impressive as he was only able to find the back of the net once in the domestic competition under the former head coach, Pochettino. The new manager, Galtier has made the Netherlands international available for immediate transfer, and all parties involved are looking for deals that would be satisfactory considering the huge wage Wijnaldum commands.
The biggest indication of the 31-year-old’s time at PSG being up is his omission from the club’s pre-season arrangements in the far east, coupled with the fact that Galtier has made his love for Renato Sanchez public.
Sanchez, a young Portuguese, who has performed exceptionally well in Lille, would be the one to take over the mantle from Wijnaldum after his transfer to PSG got over the line.
Wijnaldum was one of the first additions to Klopp upon his arrival to Anfield (signed from Newcastle, who had just been relegated) and he became an instrumental member of the first team, making a total of 237 appearances for the Reds across five seasons – in which he bagged 22 goals.
Serie A sides AS Roma and AC Milan have all registered an interest in the Box-to-Box midfielder. With a place in the World Cup in Qatar under threat, this might be an opportunity to get into a team that would feature him week in and week out.
AC Milan is battling PSG in the battle to sign Renato. Reports are that they are lining up Wijnaldum as an alternative, as it is seen that Renato favors a deal that would see him continue his football in Ligue 1 rather than go through the rigors of adapting to a new league.