- Sep 25, 2012
Replacement is probably the wrong word for us to use. I think Klopp and Pep have identified a way of evolving our midfield (talk about having to find new ways as teams are starting to focus on our FBs) without losing too much. As such a target like Thiago makes sense as the initial evolutionary step. That's regardless of Wijnaldum staying or going. In that context the evolution is looking likely to begin this summer and nobody is bending us over on those moves if anything we are probably shafting Bayern on that deal. Klopp and the team will handle Wijnaldum leaving even if nobody comes in and no changes happen with the way our midfield operates. As we are both likely to bring a high calibre midfielder in and tweak the midfield in a positive way that best utilises that new player I think we could actually improve even if we do lose an important player like Gini.Not for me. I’d sooner have the player for another year than pocket £30m, get bent over on a replacement, and lose a vital cog on the eve of the season.
I think it’s understated how important Gini is to us. He started 35 games last season, and came on in another two.
And I’m not sure a new contract really works either. The club would be committing about £40m on a player who’s influence and effectiveness is only going to wane from here.