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Gini Wijnaldum breaks silence over Liverpool exit, cites fans on social media: ‘If they only knew…’
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has this weekend provided an insight into his decision to depart the club.
Speculation surrounding the future of midfielder Wijnaldum of course took centre stage in the European media earlier this summer.
This came with the former Newcastle man having snubbed the efforts of those at Anfield to tie him down to fresh terms, ahead of the expiration of his contract last month.
In turn, for some time, La Liga giants Barcelona were widely viewed as the runaway favourites to clinch Wijnaldum’s signature. Some outlets even went as far as to suggest that a pre-contract agreement had already been found between the parties.
In the end, however, the Dutchman opted to take his talents to France, linking up with Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, amid a remarkable summer recruitment drive at the Parc des Princes.
OFFICIAL: PSG announce the signing of Gini Wijnaldum, beating Barcelona to the midfielder they had been linked to for months 📝 pic.twitter.com/vISV0mM4tq
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 10, 2021
Whilst Wijnaldum’s exit was long touted before it eventually came to fruition, though, it had always appeared likely that an agreement between the 30-year-old and Liverpool would ultimately be forthcoming.
‘Gini’ was, after all, a firm favourite of Jurgen Klopp, who managed appearances in each and every one of the Reds’ Premier League outings last season.
But it was the midfielder himself who eventually came to the decision to cut ties with his long-time employers, a path which left many on the red half of Merseyside perplexed.
As outlined above, though, this weekend, Wijnaldum himself has provided an insight into the thought process behind cutting ties with Liverpool.
The midfielder cited a lack of ‘love’ and ‘appreciation’, albeit only on the part of one very particular group of supporters:
‘Every day in training and in the game I gave everything.’
‘Liverpool meant so much to me. There was some moment when I did not feel love and appreciated there.’
‘Not by my teammates, not the people at Melwood. I know they all loved me and I loved them. It was not from that side, more from the other side.’
‘The fans in the stadium and the fans in social media were two different things. In the stadium, I can say nothing bad about them. They always supported me.’
‘On social media if we lost I was the one who got the blame — [claiming] that I wanted to leave. There was a moment when I was like, ‘Wow, if they only knew what I was doing to stay fit and play every game.’
‘You cannot complain because that is your job. But other players might have said, I am not fit. You get players in their last year who are like, ‘I am not playing because it is a risk.’ I did the opposite.’
‘I did not always play good but after the game I could look in the mirror and say, I trained hard to get better.’
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) July 24, 2021