The actions of Liverpool players following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum have been revealed.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it was “tough” to say farewell to club legend Gini Wijnaldum after his final appearance.
When Wijnaldum’s contract at Anfield expires at the end of the month, he will join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
The French team beat Barcelona to the Dutchman’s services, scoring 22 goals in 237 appearances for the Reds during a five-year stay with the club that saw him win the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
Following his last appearance, a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on May 23, the 30-year-old was given an emotional send-off at Anfield.
The Liverpool squad and coaching staff then gave Wijnaldum a private farewell, according to Klopp.
“After the final game of the season, we said our farewell to Gini as a team at Anfield,” the Reds manager stated. “On the pitch, there was a public farewell with a guard of honour.” But there was also a more private occasion.
“It was difficult for us all because of how important this incredible person is to the organization. He’s been an important part of our life for a long time. There isn’t a single thing about him that I won’t miss.
“I’ll miss the player like mad — top-notch skill, one of the smartest players I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The summary comes to a close.