Liverpool warned against re-signing midfielder amid Arsenal links

Lewis Oldham
Ex-Liverpool man Wijnaldum

Ex-Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has warned his former club against re-signing Georginio Wijnaldum amid reports linking him with Arsenal.

Wijnaldum spent five years at Liverpool. He joined them in 2016 from Newcastle United for around £25m.

The midfielder played just short of 250 times for Jurgen Klopp’s side. He won the Champions League and Premier League with them.

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The Dutchman left Liverpool during the summer when his contract expired. He was linked with a move to Barcelona but he eventually opted to join PSG.

Speaking in October, Wijnaldum admitted that he was not “completely happy” at PSG:

“I can’t say I’m completely happy, because the situation is not what I wanted.

“But that’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.

“I think [not playing], it’s a primary concern for every player.

“It’s also worrying if you don’t play. But it’s just the beginning of the season. A lot can still happen and I stay positive.”

It was reported on Thursday that PSG were “open” to letting Wijnaldum leave on loan in January. Arsenal and Newcastle are said to be interested in him.

As quoted by HITC, Enrique has suggested that he “believes” in Liverpool’s midfield without Wijnaldum:

“I don’t think he’s going to come,” said Enrique. “I don’t think we should have him back either.

“But Klopp is a big admirer of him like we know, so you never know. I believe in (the) midfield. We (will) sort it.”

Last month, John Barnes suggested that Liverpool have “not missed” Wijnaldum:

“Liverpool not signing a direct replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum hasn’t affected their strength in depth in midfield because they still have Thiago Alcântara and have other young players coming through too.

“When Liverpool didn’t have Wijnaldum they still finished third in the league last year, so he’s not been missed that much. They’d miss Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and maybe even Roberto Firmino but with the midfielders we have, we can cope with players missing.

“Only Fabinho might be a problem [if he was injured] as he’s playing in a specialist position. Wijnaldum leaving isn’t much of an issue.”