Georginio Wijnaldum deserves to be launched into the top bracket of earners at Liverpool amid talks of a new deal at Anfield.
That is the view of former Premier League midfielder Michael Brown who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the 30-year-old does not get the recognition he deserves for his impact in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Sky Sports report that Liverpool have reached a stalemate in contract negotiations as the Dutch star looks to seal a deal which would compare more favourably to the highest earners on Merseyside.
Wijnaldum, whose current terms expire at the end of the season, has been a mainstay for Jurgen Klopp in recent years and has featured in all but two of the Reds’ 27 games across all competitions this season.
He netted his second goal of the campaign on Friday night in a 4-1 win over a young Aston Villa side in the FA Cup.
Brown has heralded the former Newcastle star’s importance at Anfield and insists he is right to demand a top wage.
Asked if he thought Wijnaldum deserved to be among the top earners at Anfield, Brown told Football Insider: “I think when your contract is coming to an end like it is, you’ve answered the question, yes, because ultimately he hasn’t gotten any time left to run so he has to be getting paid in parity to the others.
“You’ve got to look what he contributes, he gives them everything. I just think he’s managed to tick his contract down and he’s in a very, very strong position, and he’ll get some great offers from around Europe, that’s a fact.”
Wijnaldum has a total of 211 appearances under his belt for Liverpool and has been utilised in a variety of midfield roles during his time with the Premier League champions.
He has helped the Reds pick up both the top-flight title and the Champions League, while he also has 62 international caps to his name.