Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has reportedly rejected a contract offer from the club this week.
His current contract expires at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, meaning that he will be allowed to leave for free next summer. He will also be able to speak to foreign clubs from January onwards regarding a pre-contract agreement.
The report claims that Liverpool are unwilling to meet the demands of his contract length, due to him turning 30 later this calendar year.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
If Wijnaldum does leave on a free next summer, the recent arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich could ease any fears of a gap in the squad. Thiago comes to Liverpool with huge pedigree after playing for Bayern and Barcelona before arriving at Anfield, winning multiple Champions League trophies and countless league titles.
Wijnaldum has also had an underwhelming start to the season, with average displays against both Leeds and Chelsea. He registered WhoScored rating of 6.86 and 6.62 in the games, hardly the level of performances you would want from a player demanding a long-term contract and a pay rise.
In 90 minutes against Chelsea, he failed to register a key pass, completed one tackle and was dribbled past three times by the opposition. A disappointing display from the Dutchman and one that may signal an exit for him may not be the end of the world for Liverpool.