Georginio Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool would be “a real shame”, says John Barnes, but the Reds legend admits “money talks” as the Dutch midfielder continues to be linked with Barcelona.
His deal is, however, still running down towards free agency in the summer of 2021.
Barca are aware of that situation and Ronald Koeman remains keen on being reunited with his fellow countryman at Camp Nou.
Liverpool will not be throwing in the towel on a talented 30-year-old, but Barnes accepts that a man who has helped to deliver Champions League and Premier League title glory at Anfield may already be planning a new challenge.
He told BonusCodeBets: “It would be a real shame ifGeorginio Wijnaldum was to leave the club next summer.
“He’s been fantastic during his timeatLiverpool.In fact, he’s been one of the best players this season, but contracts canget tricky and are tough to come to the rightagreement.
“It’s obvious that he wants moremoneysowill want to find a club who is willing to pay him what he wants.
“If he was to leave Liverpool, it would beashameas I would love him to stay, but it’s not assimple as Liverpool don’t want to keep himbecause they do.
“Money talks, and athis age, renewingacontract can getsocomplicated.We’ll have to see what happens for him and whether an agreement can be made.”
While it remains to be seen whether Wijnaldum will have any part to play in Liverpool’s long-term future, Caoimhin Kelleher appears destined to take on a prominent role at some stage.
The promising Irish goalkeeper has been catching the eye while deputising for the injured Alisson, with Barnes forming part of an ever-growing fan club.
He said: “Caoimhin Kelleherdid brilliantly in both of his starts against Ajax and Wolves.
“It is good to see that Jurgen Klopp has another option in goal if/when Alisson was to get injured.
“RegardingKelleher beinga permanentnumber two ahead of Adrian,he’sdefinitely betterwiththe ball at hisfeetbut I do still believe that Adrian is a better shot stopper.However, Kelleher has a great future in the game.
Source : goal.com