Former Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed he “didn’t feel loved and appreciated” at times on Merseyside.
The 30-year-old moved to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer after his contract at Liverpool came to an end.
Wijnaldum – who moved from Newcastle for £25million in 2016 – made 237 appearances for the Reds and played a huge role in them winning both the Champions League and Premier League in his time at the club.
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But the Dutchman has revealed that he sometimes felt unloved in his time with Liverpool, not by people at the club, but from “the other side”.
“There was a moment when I didn’t feel loved and appreciated,” Wijnaldum told The Guardian.
“Not my team-mates, not the people at Melwood [Liverpool’s training ground]. From them, I know, I can say they all love me and I love them. It was not from that side, more the other side.”
Wijnaldum’s final game for Liverpool came in a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace, which secured Champions League qualification for Jurgen Klopp’s side next season.
He was applauded by the crowd and lauded by Klopp, while team-mates and coaching staff gave him a guard of honour after the game.
“I have to say also there was social media,” added Wijnaldum.
“When it went bad, I was the player who they blamed – that I wanted to leave.
“Every day in training and in the games, I gave everything I had to bring it to a good end because, during the years, Liverpool meant so much to me and because of the way the fans in the stadium were treating me.
“My feeling was that the fans in the stadium and the fans on social media were two different kinds.
“The fans in the stadium always supported me. Even when they came back [when fans could attend games], already knowing that I was going to leave, they still supported me and, in the end, they gave me a great farewell.
“On social media, if we lost, I was the one who got the blame.”