Pundit issues verdict on Liverpool re-signing Georginio Wijnaldum after new twist
Liverpool should not pursue a loan move for Georginio Wijnaldum, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England Under-21s striker claimed Liverpool are right to bide their time and wait until next summer for the right midfielder to become available.
Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday (20 June) that rumours of Liverpool being interested in re-signing Wijnaldum were “fake”.
The 31-year-old left Anfield last summer (2021) to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer but he has suffered a torrid time in France.
He ended the 2021-22 season with 38 appearances across all competitions as PSG lifted the Ligue 1 title but crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16.
“If you ask the majority of Liverpool fans, they’d probably want him back,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“When it comes down to manager and the logistics of everything, it’s very hard to bring a player back so soon after they’ve left. Once you’ve made that decision, you’ve got to stick to that decision.
“He’s a fantastic player and he’d be a stop-gap, that’s all he would be.
“Liverpool need a more solid base when it comes to that midfield player that comes in. Someone with a bit of longevity.
“I think they are doing the right thing by biding their time and waiting for the right people to become available and go into the club for years and not just one season.”
Wijnaldum scored 22 times and provided 16 assists in 237 games across all competitions during his first spell at Liverpool.
He won the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup with the Reds.