Liverpool: Klopp doesn't want owner apology for ESL
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Signed from Newcastle in 2016 for a relatively small sum at £23m, Gini Wijnaldum has more than paid back that price after five years under Jurgen Klopp, notching some incredibly important goals in the process. The Dutch midfielder’s finest hour came in the remarkable 4-0 home win over Barcelona, overturning a 3-0 deficit from the first leg, with Wijnaldum scoring two goals in as many minutes to turn the tie on its head.
It has come as a surprise to many that Liverpool seem so willing to let Wijnaldum leave without putting up much of a fight, the Netherlands international set to leave on a free at the end of the season.
Instead, the Reds have opted to scour the market for his replacement, and appear to have found their ideal candidate.
Liverpool have emerged as the frontrunners for Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus.
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Though if Liverpool are to secure his services, they will have to fend off interest from German giants Bayern Munich, as they aim to pinch another prized possession from their Bundesliga counterparts.
German outlet Bild have claimed the 24-year-old midfielder is wanted by a number of sides, though Jurgen Klopp’s men have made their interest clear.
Whoever eventually pries the talent away from Mochengladbach will have to pay a significant amount to do so, given the fact his current contract with his current club does not expire until 2024.
Bild’s report states that the only way a sale could be considered in the summer is if the Bundesliga side receive an ‘immoral offer’, one that significantly surpasses Neuhaus’ €40m release clause.
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Borussia Mönchengladbach director of sports Max Eberl has already addressed the persistent speculation, stating: “We are in contact with all players. Yes, players will leave us after this season. But nobody has to worry that we won’t have a very competitive team again,”
Mochengladbach are not in a position where they would be forced to sell, and though some first-team members such as Marcus Thuram and Denis Zakaria could be sold to raise funds, Neuhaus is lilkely to stay put this summer.
The midfielder is seen as an integral part of next season’s plans as the side look to qualify for the Champions League.
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Liverpool currently dit in seventh, seven points adrift from the coveted top four, though they have got a game in hand on some of the rivals.
Jurgen Klopp will know all too well it is going to take a mammoth effort from everyone, including the soon-to-be departed Wijnaldum if they are to stand any chance of qualfiying for Europe’s most elite club competition.
It has been a dire domestic season for the Reds, after injuries to a number of key players curtailed their chances of retaining the Premier League title.
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