Liverpool boss Klopp warned of repeating Wijnaldum mistake with Thiago

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been warned against repeating the same mistake the club made a year ago in letting midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum leave Anfield on a free transfer. The Dutchman was a key part of the Reds’ midfield but was unable to agree on a new contract and left at the end of the 2020/21 season to Paris Saint-Germain.

Wijnaldum provided a different element to the current Liverpool midfield which has been lacking since he moved to France, and then joined AS Roma on loan, while he also had a knack for coming up with vital goals when the front three were misfiring. Thiago moved to Anfield the year prior to Wijnaldum leaving as part of the succession plan, but his contract is up in 2024 and former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has warned Klopp of repeating the same mistake in letting Wijnaldum run down his deal.

“I think so,” Robinson told Football Insider when asked if Thiago would receive a new contract. “Age does not matter now. You can see players playing on longer and longer and that is because they look after themselves so well.

“It is a 24/7 lifestyle now. It is not something you switch off from when you go home. It is a lifestyle if you want to keep yourself at the top level. Thiago is the epitome of that. His age is not a problem.

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“It is very, very important that Liverpool tie him down for another couple of years. They let Wijnaldum go too early. That move did not work for either party, let’s be honest. Wijnaldum should have stayed. They underestimated how important he was for them. They cannot be in the same situation with Thiago. I think they have to keep him.”

The 31-year-old may be more inclined to sign a new contract after recently revealing his love for the club and city. “It’s my team,” Thiago told TNT Sports. “It’s not just the players, it’s the fans. My family is here, they are already ultra Liverpool fans. So, after all, we end up becoming a family and we try to help each other.”

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However, the playmaker is on the wrong side of 30, and his current deal would take him up to 33 before his contract expires.

Coupled with Thiago’s problematic injury record it is not inconceivable that the Liverpool chiefs do not see the potential upside of keeping the Spaniard at the club into his mid-thirties.

He has missed the start to the season and has been sorely missed in the middle of the park, but started in the 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League and Klopp will hope that him missing out on the latest Spain squad will allow the midfielder to work on his fitness on the training ground in Liverpool ahead of a busy upcoming schedule.

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