Gini Wijnaldum breaks silence on shock Liverpool exit
Liverpool lost a key figure in their midfield recently when Gini Wijnaldum officially joined Ligue 1 giants PSG on a three-year deal. It was the end of a fantastic five seasons at Anfield and the Dutchman has finally spoken out on what played a factor in him leaving the Merseysiders.
“There was a moment when I didn’t feel loved at Liverpool. In the last two seasons, I had it a few times.
“The media didn’t help. There was a story like I didn’t accept the [Liverpool] offer because I wanted more money, and the fans made it like ‘OK, he didn’t get the offer so he doesn’t try his best to win games.’ Everything looked like it was against me.
“Some moments it was like, ‘Wow, me again?’”
“The Liverpool fans in the stadium and the fans in social media were two different things,” he continued, via Liverpool Echo. “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.”
Big surprise. Wijnaldum received hate on social media from Liverpool fans. Abuse on the likes of Twitter and Instagram is a serious problem in football and that was very evident by the whole saga involving England’s Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Marco Rashford following their Euro 2020 defeat to Italy earlier this month.
Wijnaldum’s presence will definitely be missed in Jurgen Klopp’s side, though. He was instrumental in Liverpool’s Premier League title in the 2019/20 season and their Champions League triumph in 2019. PSG will be buzzing to get such a quality midfielder and there’s no doubt he will excel in France.
Aside from the gutless group of Reds fans, Wijnaldum gave everything he had to this club.