The "overlooked" Liverpool star who deserves to follow Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson at signing the contract
Jurgen Klopp may not be active in the January transfer market, but the Liverpool boss was sure to sign some important signings this week.
The Reds have ensured that both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson put their long-term future on the club and complete the two full-backs for five years each.
It's just a reward for the development of two key players in Klopp's squad, and the Reds boss will be pleased if the club moves fast and determined to tie his star players. As he said in his press conference before Crystal Palace on Friday, no major player will leave shortly.
Robertson and Alexander-Arnold followed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez at the signing of new contracts with the club. Liverpool was also keen to tie young players like Harry Wilson to long-term contracts before granting loans.
It's a policy that has ensured that a contented and well-resourced squad is at the top of the Premier League. It is as important as the outstanding recruitment the club has done in recent years.
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The Dutchman has established himself as a key player since joining Newcastle in 2016 under Jurgen Klopp.
In fact, Wijnaldum played 50 games for the Reds last season, only Firmino and Salah appeared several times, which underlines its importance for Klopp.
But for many fans he still had a lot to convince.
When Fabinho and Naby Keita arrived at Anfield in the summer, Wijnaldum was often regarded as the player who could be sacrificed by Klopp. Not so. Instead, the Dutchman shone deeper as Fabinho got used to life in England and Keita continued to play ahead.
Wijnaldum has missed just one Premier League game this season and played in all six of the Champions League group matches in Liverpool.
The 27-year-old is often ignored by fans and experts and is highly valued by Klopp. With his current contract, which expires in 2021, Klopp wants to make sure that he is not overlooked when submitting new deals.
The Dutchman admits to the Reds and recently said how he wanted to stay in "Anfield" for "many more seasons" and won trophies with the club.
He told PFA magazine: "I hope I can stay here for a long time and improve the club's history even further, we have qualified for the Champions League for two seasons in a row and we have reached a grand finale, but we want more ,
"Everyone talks about winning and we need to make sure we take the next step, I hope we can do it, we have the confidence that we can do it, they want to look back and feel part of it from Liverpool to be great story - win something here and they will always remember you.
"I want to be remembered as a player from Liverpool who was special."
Hopefully, he can soon show that commitment by putting a new long-term pen-and-ink contract on paper.
Nobody deserves it anymore.