Liverpool may allow Georginio Wijnaldum to walk away on a free in the summer rather than sell up this month, according to Michael Brown.
The former Tottenham and Manchester City midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested only a “brilliant offer” would tempt the Reds into cashing in despite the 30-year-old’s contract situation.
With the Dutch star’s current terms set to expire at the end of the season, Sky Sports report the club have reached a statement in negotiations over a new deal.
If the former Newcastle man does not put pen to paper before the summer, he will be able to leave Anfield as a free agent.
However, Brown believes Liverpool may be willing to let Wijnaldum depart for nothing if they do not get an offer they cannot refuse this month.
“There’ll be clubs offering but you need to say well, we’ve seen it happen before with Eriksen, how much the reward is when the league title gets delivered,” Brown told Football Insider.
“Wijnaldum, you’d sort of say well, we’d (Liverpool) rather shake hands if we can’t agree and wish you all the best at the end of the season.
“That can happen with a club like Liverpool, that they sort of say: ‘That’s our structure, that’s what we’re sticking too, that’s your bracket and ultimately, if it doesn’t work out we wish you well.’
“Unless there’s a brilliant offer come in where they think we’ve got to take that amount of money now.”
Wijnaldum arrived at Liverpool from Newcastle back in 2016 and played a crucial role in helping the Reds win the Champions League and Premier League in recent years.
Klopp has a host of other midfielders at his disposal, with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just four of his options.
In other news, a Liverpool international forward is set to leave Anfield.