Pundit: 'Behind the scenes' trouble may be real reason Wijnaldum quit Liverpool
Frank McAvennie has questioned why Liverpool allowed Georginio Wijnaldum to leave the club this summer.
The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted after the Dutchman’s latest display for his country.
Wijnaldum, 30, scored a brace for Holland as they cruised into the Euro 2020 knockouts with a 3-0 win over North Macedonia.
The midfielder will leave Liverpool upon the expiration of his contract this summer and join French side PSG.
It looked as if Wijnaldum would be joining Barcelona before the Champions League semi-finalists made a late swoop.
Wijnaldum played almost every minute of Liverpool’s recent Premier League season.
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McAvennie speculated there may have been behind the scenes issues between Jurgen Klopp and Wijnaldum as it doesn’t make sense for both parties to part ways.
“He’s still got it hasn’t he?” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“Managers don’t let you go without good reason. There must have been a good reason for him to go.
“I felt like he was a bit-part player towards the end which is a shame, I really like him.
“He fits in with how Klopp likes to play. Maybe they didn’t get on, you don’t know what happens behind the scenes.
“There hasn’t been much talk about it really, that’s what has been odd. I don’t think the fans would be complaining if he stayed another year.”
Wijnaldum made 237 appearances for Liverpool after signing from Newcastle in 2016.
He may be best remembered for his brace in the Reds’ incredible 4-0 Champions League win over Barcelona.