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Jurgen Klopp is still hopeful that Georginio Wijnaldum will put pen to paper on a new contract with Liverpool.
The Dutchman is in the final year of the contract he signed following his arrival in 2016 from Newcastle United and will be able to speak with other clubs from January.
Barcelona was credited with an interest during the summer: their coach, Ronald Koeman, had worked successfully with Wijnaldum during his tenure as a Dutch manager.
However, after watching the former PSV midfielder score a beautiful curling iron as Liverpool led Wolves 4-0 on Sunday, Klopp revealed that he has not given up on the idea of keeping the player at Anfield.
Asked about that perspective, the German told Amazon Prime Sport: “I hope so, to be honest.
“You can see that he plays all the time, he plays a lot of time when he’s on the court, all these kinds of things. We have a very good relationship. I hope so. “
88.5% – Of Georginio Wijnaldum’s 26 goals in the Premier League, 23 have come at home (88.5%), the highest proportion scored at home by any player with more than 20 goals in the competition’s history . Emergency shutdown. pic.twitter.com/iuGwdfYqOi
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2020
Wijnaldum has scored 26 Premier League goals since moving to Newcastle in 2015, 23 of them at home.
That works out to a percentage of 88.5, the highest ratio scored at home by any player with 20 or more goals in the competition’s history.
When asked about possible talks on a new deal, Wijnaldum told Amazon Prime Sport: “I already said in my previous interviews, I am not talking about my contractual situation, I am talking about the games, the performances, the football.
“The club should talk about my contract.”
Liverpool’s victory put them on points with Tottenham atop the Premier League, and José Mourinho’s team defeated Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday.
The champions, playing in front of a crowd for the first time since March when 2,000 fans were allowed in after the blocking restrictions were eased at Liverpool, have won 31 of their last 32 home league matches, tied the other and they scored 93. goals and conceded only 25 in a remarkable streak.