Gini Wijnaldum’s departure from Liverpool remains a mystery, as one basic question remains unanswered.

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Gini Wijnaldum’s departure from Liverpool remains a mystery, as one basic question remains unanswered.

Gini Wijnaldum had an emotional day on Sunday, May 23.

At Liverpool, it was the culmination of eight months of blood, sweat, and injury tears.

The 53rd game in an exhausting and, at times, painful campaign came to a surprising conclusion.

Wijnaldum had played in 51 of them, and a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace would bring his five-year stay on Merseyside to an end.

The major story of the day was Liverpool’s effort to qualify for the Champions League next season, but Wijnaldum’s final game in red was more than just a side story.

In the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, the Dutchman captained the team and overcame his mixed emotions to guarantee Jurgen Klopp’s side finished third after a difficult season.

Klopp chose to reminisce on the Anfield career of one of his most loyal lieutenants in his programme notes that day, as the midfielder was nearing the end of a deal signed in July of 2016.

Gini Wijnaldum is a Dutch model. Klopp described him as “an LFC legend now and forever.”

“I can’t put into words what this great, joyous, selfless guy has done for our team and club, in truth, because my English isn’t good enough.”

He is a key figure in our success. This Liverpool is constructed on his legs, lungs, brain, and great, wonderful heart.”

It was poetry in Klopp’s characteristic way, but he wasn’t just giving lip respect to a player on the verge of leaving; the Liverpool manager was desperate to keep his all-purpose No.5.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Wijnaldum’s durability, dependability, and versatility.

Even more so during a campaign in which so many of his biggest players spent time in the hospital.

Klopp’s complete faith in Wijnaldum was demonstrated by the fact that he was only left out of one squad all season, at Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup.

Wijnaldum, like his manager, had no desire to go on to greener pastures.

At first. The summary comes to a close.

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