Jurgen Klopp has made it clear to Liverpool chiefs that tying Georginio Wijnaldum to a new contract is his number one priority this summer, Football Insider can reveal.
The Merseysiders are expected to be active in the summer transfer market after a quiet 2019 main window but the manager is first pushing hard to keep hold of the Holland international.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Klopp is keen Wijnaldum is secured to a new and improved deal and has outlined that position to executives including sporting director Michael Edwards.
Talks have started with the Dutch midfielder on extending his current agreement, which is due to expire in the summer of 2021.
Wijnaldum, who turns 30 in November, is currently on around £80,000-a-week, one of the lowest packages for a first-team regular.
The versatile midfielder is not only a virtual ever-present in Klopp’s side but he was also one of the seven Liverpool players named in the top 30 of last year’s Ballon D’Or awards.
The 61-times Holland international has made 177 appearances for the Merseysiders since his £25million arrival from Newcastle United in 2016.
He has generally played in central midfield for Liverpool, although he occasionally plays in more advanced roles and has even fitted in at centre-back and centre-forward.
Wijnaldum has started 28 of the club’s 29 Premier League matches this season – he missed the Bournemouth win through injury – among 38 appearances in all competitions.
He has weighed in with five goals, including the first for Liverpool in the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid 12 days ago.
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