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no deal Gini Wijnaldum's emotional final interview gives insight into why he is leaving Liverpool

Contract stand-off has rumbled on for months and now Wijnaldum will leave


Georginio Wijnaldum acknowledges the fans after his farewell appearance (Paul Ellis/PA)

Georginio Wijnaldum acknowledges the fans after his farewell appearance (Paul Ellis/PA)

Georginio Wijnaldum acknowledges the fans after his farewell appearance (Paul Ellis/PA)

Georginio Wijnaldum has played his final game for Liverpool, with the Dutch midfielder struggling to hold back his emotions after he said farewell at Anfield.

After Liverpool secured a third place finish in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday, it was confirmed that Wijnaldum would be leaving the club after failing to agree a new contract with the club.

Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for Wijnaldum, but he appeared to be lamenting the end of his days at Liverpool as he summed up his thoughts on a Reds career that has included Champions League and Premer League successes.

"It's really emotional for me right now, I'm very happy that we managed to get third place and secure Champions League football for the club next season," Wijnaldum wrote.

"On the other hand I'm fighting back tears, the people in Liverpool have showed me so much love in the last five years. It's very hard to say goodbye.

"The fans signing my name, the prizes we won, I will never forget the amazing things we achieved with this fantastic club. We shared unforgettable moments together, no one can ever take that from us.

"I would have loved to remain a Liverpool player for many more years, but unfortunately things went different. I have to start a new adventure.

"I didn't sign somewhere else, everyone knows in football everything can happen.

"The situation right now is that as of July 1st, I'm not a Liverpool player anymore. We will see what I will do in the next couple of weeks, I will rest a little bit and then go to the national team.

"I will have a look at my story and how everything went. The fans deserve to know the story behind it."

Wijnaldum also insisted he was 'always be a Liverpool fan', as he struggled to hold back the tears as he looked back on his Liverpool career that included a magnificent performance in the iconic 4-0 Champions League semi-final win against Barcelona in 2019.

"I think everyone will think of the Barca game but, for me, it's much bigger than that," he added. "I love football, I love this club a lot. I think the relationship that you have as a player with the club, with the team, with the technical staff, the people who work at [the training ground], that's for me more important than all the things I basically had beside that.

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"The prizes and everything were nice, but the feeling I had – thinking about those things I just said, it's unbelievable. That's why I was really happy and pleased that the government allowed 10,000 fans back in the stadium, because that's just something special.

"When people ask me, 'How is it to play at Anfield for the supporters of Liverpool?' it's difficult for me to describe how it is, because I cannot find the right words for it. I just say, 'That's something you have to feel.' Going to Melwood and now Kirkby, that's something you have to feel, something you have to see as a player.

"For me, that's the most important thing I will have in my heart. And of course the extra things – the Champions League; the title was unbelievable, especially because the club had to wait for 30 years. Unfortunately, we couldn't celebrate it with the fans. But they were all the extras for me."

sundayworld.com revealed exclusively last December that Liverpool were not prepared to increase the contract offer they had made to Wijnaldum, with his exit on a free transfer now inevitable for several months.

"I met this wonderful player for the first time in my living room, in the first moment it clicked with us, he was a very friendly, very smart, very open person," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of Wijnaldum.

"It's very emotional for me because I lose a friend, that is how it is, but it's normal for these kind of things to happen. I am really sure that he will find a great place. Each club that is interested in him should call me and ask about him, then you will definitely take him because I couldn't be more positive about what he did here.

"Not only was he always available, 90 per cent of the time he played really, really well. People might not know exactly what I mean by good because sometimes it is not spectacular, but from a young kid who was an offensive 10, a winger at Newcastle and then came here and became such a controlling midfielder is a massive step, and you can only do that when you understand the game really in the right way.

"He scored incredible goals, Barcelona, Cardiff, Middlesbrough, so many top, top class performances. And now, it looks like the time is over.

"Everything will be fine, nobody can take away our memories from us, we will share them together. I told him that after the game, he sees it the same way. Goodbyes would not be tough if the time you had together was not worth it. It's really tough because we had a great time together."

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