By Noel Whelan

7th Jan, 2020 | 7:39pm

Exclusive: Pundit despairs over reported Liverpool stance on player - 'He'll be a massive loss'

Noel Whelan despaired over the thought of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider pundit Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds United striker admitted he’d be shocked to see Wijnaldum exit Anfield as he’ll be a massive loss.

It was recently reported that Wijnaldum has only 18 months left on his current contract and the Reds would be content to sell him in the summer rather than lose him for free down the road.

Whelan explained that Wijnaldum has massively improved since arriving at Anfield as he is now a key player for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The ex-attacker admitted that it would be a shock to see Wijnaldum leave but did point out there was still time for a new contract to be sorted.

When asked about Liverpool being comfortable to let Wijnaldum depart at the end of the season if a suitable offer is made and whether he’d be shocked to see him leave, Wheland told Football Insider: “Yeah, I would be shocked as he has massively improved and is a key figure at the club.

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“He’s one of the first names on the teamsheet, he’s scoring, he’s creating, his energy levels, that passion in midfield so he’ll be missed.

“Unless they’ve got someone lined up…he’ll be a huge loss as you want to have a squad of players who can cope with the demands of Premier League and European football.

“He’ll be a massive loss to Liverpool but you have got to trust their policies as well as the people in the background making these decisions.

“So you know it doesn’t say his contract talks can’t be sorted out.”

The 29-year-old has featured 27 times across all competitions for the Reds this season, scoring three goals in the process.

Wijnaldum has been at Anfield since joining the Reds from Newcastle United in July 2016.

In other Liverpool news, it can be REVEALED that the club have set their sights on signing 23-year-old with “excellent data metrics”.