Liverpool news: Robinson reacts as Wijnaldum exit '95% done'

By Paul Robinson

19th Mar, 2021 | 3:00pm

Wijnaldum replacement will cost Liverpool 'tens of millions' as deal '95% done' - Robinson

Liverpool will find it “incredibly hard” to replace Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the club will have to enter the transfer market to find a replacement for the 30-year-old which “could cost tens of millions”.

Wijnaldum is out of contract at the end of this season and could leave as a free agent.

Football Insider understands Barcelona are confident of signing the Netherlands international this summer with a deal said to be “95 per cent done”.

The centre-midfielder has featured in all but of two of Liverpool’s fixtures this season, starting 27 of their 29 Premier League matches.

When asked if Jurgen Klopp would struggle to replace Wijnaldum, Robinson told Football Insider:

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“When you look at the injuries they have suffered and the upheaval they have had this season, he has been one of the only consistent performers.

“Yes, he has not performed to his very best but he has been fit and available all season.

“It will be incredibly hard to replace him in the summer. Jordan Henderson and James Milner will both be another year older.

“If Wijnaldum leaves Klopp will have to enter the transfer market to find a replacement and that could cost them tens of millions.” 

Speaking on the prospect of leaving Anfield last week, Wijnaldum said: “It will be difficult but on the other side, you don’t know the situation and why you have to leave, so it all depends on the situation.

“But I will be devastated that I am not going to play for this team anymore for sure.”

In other news, a top pundit claims Celtic will have a ‘close eye’ on Liverpool outcast Davies after Klopp recent comments.