Jurgen Klopp’s second Liverpool transfer priority becomes clear vs Tottenham

Transfer update: Latest on Pogba, Wijnaldum and Wilshere

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a big decision to make in the transfer market, with as many as four centre-back options currently out injured and the need for reinforcements as evident as ever. But now, the boss has another big issue ahead of him with Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract set to expire.

The Dutch midfielder is still yet to sign a new contract, and appears no closer to doing so.

He was heavily linked with a move away last year, with Barcelona interested in signing him.

However, the Catalans failed to stump up the cash, and as such he stayed put at Anfield.

The midfielder is free to sign a pre-contractual agreement with a foreign club this month, and could be set to walk away for nothing.

Liverpool are determined to keep hold of him, and are said to have offered numerous contracts to him.

He apparently wasn’t happy with the club’s recent offer, and is reportedly considering his options.

Despite the speculation over his future, he’s remained ever-present in the Liverpool team.

Wijnaldum has started 18 Premier League games this season, and came off the bench on the only two occasions he was left on the bench.

His worth to the team was evident in his performance against Tottenham.

Having started in the middle of the park, Wijnaldum had a brilliant game defensively as well as moving the ball forward.

According to Squawka Football, he made 12 ball recoveries throughout the game, which was four more than any other Liverpool player.

With Jordan Henderson and Fabinho both forced out of the midfield to play in defence in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, Wijnaldum’s defensive efforts are vital.

Thiago Alcantara adopted a key role on Thursday against Tottenham, and the two played slightly higher in the midfield along with James Milner.

And speaking afterwards, Klopp heaped praise on the three central midfielders.

He said: “Today we played a slightly different position, worked together with Millie and Gini on [the] six really well. That was a proper, proper performance. I know Thiago can be much better than tonight, but it was just an important step for all of us.

“The situation with Thiago was not easy: he came to Liverpool late, then ill, then injured, then playing immediately in a very decisive position. We thought for tonight it might make sense to play him slightly higher on the pitch.”

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