Georginio Wijnaldum is among a group of senior Liverpool players in talks with the club’s owners despite doubts about his own future, Football Insider has learned.
The midfielder, 29, has yet to extend his contract that expires in 12 months despite starting all but one of the Merseysiders’ league matches this season.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Wijnaldum is on the senior player’s committee that has been regular dialogue with Boston-based owners Fenway Sports Group in recent weeks among the repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Along with skipper Jordan Henderson and another first-team regular, the Holland international has been discussing measures to protect staff.
This comes amid fierce criticism aimed at Liverpool in the past 48 hours.
The seventh-richest club in the world said on Saturday that a number of non-playing staff would be furloughed due to the suspension of the Premier League.
Rather than continuing to pay employees in full, FSG, has opted to take advantage of the scheme, which covers 80 per cent of the wages of employees who are not working.
Wijnaldum is a respected member of the runaway league leaders’ side and a key man in their domination of English and European football in recent seasons.
Jurgen Klopp has made it clear to Liverpool chiefs that tying the Dutchman to a new contract is his number one priority this summer.
His current agreement is due to expire in the summer of 2021.
The 61-times Holland international has made 177 appearances for the Merseysiders since his £25million arrival from Newcastle United in 2016.
He 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.
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