Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is now left struggling to hold onto his key players ahead of a campaign in England’s second-tier league, with Wijnaldum among his discontented group.
Neil Moxley writes that the Reds are “strongly in the running” to sign the attacking midfielder, though Spurs are said to be his most likely destination.
Benitez is reported to have asked Liverpool for 20-year-old winger Jordon Ibe in a part-exchange deal, but with Bournemouth having seen their £15 million bid for the former Wycombe Wanderers youth accepted, the Spaniard would now have to settle for a straightforward offer.
Wijnaldum’s move to St. James’ Park last summer was largely seen as a coup by Newcastle, having scored 18 goals and laid on a further six assists in his final season with PSV Eindhoven.
The Dutch international also starred at the World Cup in 2014, scoring as the Netherlands sealed a 3-0 win over Brazil in the tournament’s third-place play-off clash.
His intelligence, athleticism and eye for goal would see him shine under Klopp at Liverpool, but it is unlikely that the 49-year-old would make a move to sign him this summer.