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Gini’s future unclear & new Chirivella contract talk – Monday’s Liverpool FC News

A Merseyside derby win, a crop of youngsters praised—and plenty of consideration for what comes next for Liverpool’s squad in today’s roundup.

 

Wijnaldum contract the big summer question

Gini Wijnaldum is the outlier in the Liverpool first-team squad, it seems: a contract with dwindling length which has not been renewed yet.

Joel Matip and James Milner have both put pen to paper this year, while the big stars all signed last year to new extensions.

Wijnaldum has a year left after this season and the Athletic‘s David Ornstein says both the Dutch midfielder and the club are “comfortable with the situation and potential scenarios”—those being a renewal, a free transfer in 2021 or a big-money move away this summer.

The latter seems improbable unless a team from Serie A or LaLiga are coughing up £30m plus for a 29-year-old.

Game time and performances between now and May should be the most telling factor in judging how important the No. 5 remains to Jurgen Klopp‘s team.

 

New crop to push for game time

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2020: Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Unless you are of an Everton persuasion, few would be able to help but be impressed at the way a third-string Liverpool team dismantled a Premier League first-choice outfit in the FA Cup third round.

Klopp says the performance level from the youngsters was the perfect response to those who have criticised the Reds’ efforts in the domestic cups, and spoke of his pride at how good some of the youngsters are.

“We saw these boys come closer and closer to being ready to play for us. I’m really happy about that,” he said.

One of those who impressed was Pedro Chirivella, who feels the youngsters showed they are ready for more regular first-team action.

At age 22, he’s actually one of the oldest players in the group!

 

Curtis writes the headlines

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 5, 2020: Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Unsurprisingly, match-winner and man of the match from the derby, Curtis Jones, has seen heaps of praise come his way after his first senior goal for the Reds.

 

New contract for Chirivella?

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 17, 2019: Liverpool’s captain Pedro Chirivella during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

We’ve already heard how Chirivella and Co impressed—but the Spanish midfielder in particular may have done enough to significantly affect his future.

Having now played nine times for the Reds’ first team, and being out of contract at the end of the season, it would be expected that he might move on even as soon as this month—but Sky Sports are reporting that the Reds may have changed their mind.

A new contract could be on the cards, as a reward for his progress this season—though any agreement may be largely down to whether he sees any domestic action at all.

With Fabinho out injured, this might be his chance to get some game time in a true first-team lineup—but in truth, any contract extension might just be to try and ensure the Reds get fair value for his services in a permanent transfer.

A big decision for the young midfielder could lie ahead.

 

Quickfire LFC news

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Liverpool's Adam Lallana applauds the travelling supporters after the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between MK Dons FC and Liverpool FC at Stadium MK. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The Reds have signed 21-year-old striker Joe Hardy, presumably to fill the void which will be left by Rhian Brewster in the U23s (TIA)
  • Adam Lallana says he one one of the oldest, but also one of the fittest out on the park against Everton after a good midfield showing (Echo)

 

Around the Prem

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League third round qualifying first leg match between Ajax Amsterdam and OGC Nice at the Amsterdam Arena on August 02, 2017 (VI Images/PA Images)

  • One-time Reds target Hakim Ziyech will be allowed to leave Ajax this month, with Spurs and Arsenal keen (football.london)
  • Chelsea‘s top January target is actually Flamengo’s on-loan hot-shot Gabriel Barbosa…(Express)
  • …and several sides want Olivier Giroud, but the blues will only let him leave once they have a replacement. Inter and Newcastle are keen (Telegraph)

 

Stupid rumour of the day

Any website or news outlet headlining stories of Ousmane Dembele “liking” the idea of a move to Anfield…because he liked an Instagram mock-up picture of him in a Liverpool kit.

Have a day off from it, yeah?

 

Tweet of the day

Jones’ goal…Mane’s reaction!

 

What we’re reading

Paul Wilson goes into some detail about just how embarrassing the defeat was for the Ev, and how much work Carlo Ancelotti has on, for the Guardian.

And the Athletic have seen fit to put five people on the byline, but the story is good—behind the scenes of Carlos Tevez’s time in Manchester.

 

Worth watching tonight

Arsenal vs. Leeds in the FA Cup (7:56pm) or Napoli vs. Inter in Serie A (7:45pm). Or go whole hog and get yourself a double-screen setup on the go.

 

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