Jürgen Klopp praised Georginio Wijnaldum’s massive influence on and off the pitch in Liverpool when he said a warm farewell to the midfielder.
The Dutch international will join Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain when his contract with the Reds expires at the end of this month, it was announced on Thursday.
Wijnaldum is leaving Anfield after five years, in which he was instrumental in Klopp’s successes with men, including triumphs in the Premier League, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
After Wijnaldum’s move to PSG was confirmed, the manager described the enormous influence that the No. 5 had on the club, not only as an outstanding footballer, but also as an inspiring person.
“As a team, we said goodbye to Gini after the last game of the season on Anfield Road. There was a public farewell on the square with the honor guard. But then also a more private occasion, « Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
» It was difficult for all of us because this amazing person means a lot to the group. It’s been a big part of our lives for so long. There’s nothing I won’t miss about him.
« I’m going to miss the player he is like crazy – top quality, one of the brightest players I’ve ever coached. His contribution was exaggerated, a manager’s dream.
“But as a person he will leave an equally big hole. A more giving person that you couldn’t ask for. Gini is very strong and headstrong, but his only motivation is to help the team – always. His teammates adored him and respected him equally.
“Of course he now belongs to someone else and on behalf of the team we wish him every success in France with PSG. It’s no surprise he joined such a great club. Since he knows his personality, he will fall in love with the city and the team – and they with him.
« Farewell, Gini: you came, you saw, you won the lottery. You are a Liverpool legend now and forever. «
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