Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is “desperate” to extend the contract of Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, according to the Evening Standard‘s David Lynch.

Wijnaldum, who signed for Liverpool from Newcastle United for a transfer fee of £25 million back in the summer of 2016, has arguably become the most important midfielder in Klopp’s system

However, Liverpool do risk losing Wijnaldum on a free transfer come the summer of 2021.

Lynch has stated that Klopp is “desperate” to get the 29-year-old tied down on a new deal due to the fact that there is very little time remaining on his current contract.

Lynch said: “Klopp is desperate to get Gini Wijnaldum tied down to a new contract and talks are ongoing on that front.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates with Jordan Henderson after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Hopefully the club and Wijnaldum can sort something out. It would be unlikely that Wijnaldum would depart, as any move away from Anfield would be a downgrade.

Obviously, there are more important things going on at the moment such as the coronavirus, which means it could be a while until a deal is agreed between the club and the Dutchman.

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