Liverpool manager and player

Paul Robinson heaped praise on Georginio Wijnaldum for his performance against Wolves and claimed the Liverpool midfielder has reached “another level” this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper said the 30-year-old would have been a “huge miss” were he allowed to leave in the summer transfer window.

Wijnaldum scored in a Man of the Match display at Anfield last night as Jurgen Klopp’s side kept pace with league-leaders Tottenham with a 4-0 victory over Wolves.

Football Insider revealed last week that club chiefs will make fresh attempts to tie the Netherlands international down to a new deal in the new year.

Wijnaldum has started 10 of Liverpool’s 11 league fixtures this season but he is out of contract in June and has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Dutchman’s future, Robinson said: “Wijnaldum has proven to be massively important to them this season.

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“It is a god job they kept hold of him this season because he is the only centre-midfielder that is constantly fit and his performances this season have gone to another level.

“He has been fantastic and taken on huge responsibility in the team while others have been injured.

“It just shows what a huge miss he would be if he left next year and what a huge miss he would have been should he have gone to Barcelona in the summer.” 

In other Liverpool news, Kevin Phillips tips club to release senior player with five starts this season.