Gini Wijnaldum has been a hero with Liverpool but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he was to leave for Barcelona – after all, they already have Curtis Jones.
That is the view of Alan Hutton, former Spurs, Aston Villa and Scotland right-back, speaking exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
Wijnaldum has long been linked with a move to the Nou Camp, with transfer chatter becoming more and more frenzied as he nears the end of his contract.
The midfielder will be free to sign for a foreign club on a pre-contract in January.
But Hutton believes that – although they would like him to sign the deal they’ve offered – Anfield would not particularly miss the Dutchman, whose role could be filled either by Thiago or the young Curtis Jones.
He told Football Insider: “A move away suits both parties. They want him to stay, but they’ve got options there. So if he wants to go, they’re also happy with it.
“They’ve got Thiago in their now who can come in and play in that midfield, Jones has come in and done well, so they do have alternatives.
“So maybe it’s a case of ‘look, we do want you to stay, there’s a contract but if you see your future elsewhere that’s fine also.’
“It seems like nobody’s in a rush to sort it out. They’re just kind of sitting back to wait and see.”
30-year-old Wijnaldum has been with Liverpool since 2016 since joining from Newcastle in a deal worth £25million.
It’s fair to say that Liverpool have got their money’s worth in the four years since, with Wijnaldum scoring some crucial goals, particularly in Europe.