Report claims ex-Liverpool star ‘hasn’t got the support’ of Messi at PSG

Lewis Oldham
PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum

Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum “has not got the support” of the South American players at PSG, including Lionel Messi, according to reports.

Wijnaldum spent five years at Liverpool between 2016 and 2021. He joined them for a fee of around £25m from Newcastle United.

The Dutchman was a key player for the Reds during his time at the club. He helped them win the Premier League and Champions League.

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The 30-year-old left Liverpool this summer after his contract with them expired. He was linked with a move to Barcelona before he joined French giants PSG.

Wijnaldum has played in all but one of PSG’s Ligue 1 games this term. But only half of his appearances in the league have been starts.

Earlier this month, Wijnaldum admitted that he is 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.”

L’Equipe (as cited by the Liverpool Echo) are reported that Wijnaldum “hasn’t got the support of the South American players” at PSG. This is said to include Messi.

They add that Wijnaldum’s midfield rival Leandro Paredes is preferred by Messi and co.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Wijnaldum’s former Liverpool teammate, Adam Lallana, is “one of the best” players he’s worked with:

“He set the standards for the press from start to end [of his time]. Adam set the standard from the first day to the last day and it was impressive,” said Klopp.

“It was what I loved about him, a player with technical skills and that working mentality that is really rare. If he was injured less he’d have been on another level. One of the best I’ve worked with.

“I am really looking forward to seeing him again.”