Gini Wijnaldum is suffering some struggles at Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool can consider them a boost in upcoming negotiations.
Gini Wijnaldum made his UEFA Champions League bow for PSG on Wednesday but it didn’t go well. In fact, the game as a whole didn’t go well for the Parisians.
They travelled to Belgium to face Club Brugge but could only come away with a 1-1 draw. That’s only half the story, though, as PSG just weren’t very good. Their star-studded lineup failed to click together and, in truth, Brugge largely looked better.
That led to L’Equipe handing out some low ratings to the PSG players. One of those, of course, was Wijnaldum. The Dutchman received the lowest rating of all.
The outlet gave him just a 3/10. They said Wijnaldum was a ‘real disappointment’ who faces ‘great difficulty’ in doing the things PSG signed him to do.
And with Wijnaldum having struggles, perhaps Liverpool have food for thought.
Liverpool tied several first-team players to new contracts this summer. There are a couple of major ones left, however, and one of those is Mohamed Salah.
Journalist James Pearce told Stadium Astro that Salah’s deal will likely be the most complex, largely due to his ‘stature in the game’. Basically, the Egyptian will have plenty of suitors for what will be his last big contract.
Salah currently earns £200k-a-week – per the Guardian – but will surely want an increase. We think Wijnaldum having struggles might be a boost for Liverpool there, though.
The 30-year-old is the first major Liverpool player to leave under Jurgen Klopp, after all. The fact it isn’t immediately going well suggests it’s not as easy as leaving Anfield and clicking into a new club.
Now, Wijnaldum could turn things around, of course. But it remains to be seen if he can do that. So while Salah may have his eyes elsewhere, he’ll know that it’s in his best interest on the pitch to remain with Liverpool.
He knows he’s a global star there, knows he can compete for the biggest trophies, and knows he firmly clicks with the club. Wijnaldum is showing that’s not a guarantee elsewhere and perhaps Salah will think twice about leaving.
And with that, Liverpool have a little bit more power in these negotiations than they thought.