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Liverpool looking at Teun Koopmeiners as potential Wijnaldum replacement

Liverpool looking at Teun Koopmeiners as potential Wijnaldum replacement

Wijnaldum to depart Liverpool?

Georginio Wijnaldum joined Liverpool in 2016, departing Newcastle for a fee in the region of £24m.

The Dutchman was often used in a more advanced role for the Magpies. However, under Jurgen Klopp, the 30-year-old has dropped into a deeper role.

In turn, alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, ‘Gini’ has formed a devastating midfield trident which has proven absolutely essential to Liverpool’s success over recent seasons.

At present, however, it looks as though Wijnaldum is heading for the Anfield exit door.

The former Newcastle man’s contract situation has been up in the air for some time now, with his current terms set to expire in the summer.

In turn, conflicting reports have spread regarding what exactly is set to unfold.

Speculation last summer went as far as to suggest that the Premier League champions had no plans to offer Wijnaldum a new deal.

The Athletic then reported in December, though, that both Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool want to keep the Dutchman at Anfield.

Earlier this month, meanwhile, claims began to mount that Wijnaldum has agreed to the terms of a pre-contract with Spanish powerhouse, FC Barcelona.

Liverpool eyeing Teun Koopmeiners

As such, as the weeks go by, it does appear more and more likely that Wijnaldum will be moving on in the summer.

So, considering just how crucial he has proven for the Reds, finding a replacement for the Dutchman will no doubt be high on Liverpool’s list of priorities – if he does indeed depart.

And, today, a report from Italy has suggested that the Premier League champions are indeed already on the lookout for midfield additions.

A brief update courtesy of Calciomercato claims that Liverpool are thinking about replacing Wijnaldum with Teun Koopmeiners.

Koopmeiners is a 23-year-old central midfielder who has spent his entire career to date on the books of Dutch outfit, AZ Alkmaar.

Koopmeiners, who is also AZ’s captain, has notched 147 appearances in all competitions for the club’s senior side, across which he has scored 43 and assisted 17.

The one-time capped international is a defensive midfielder by trade. He can also play at centre-back, though, something Liverpool may find useful when considering their defensive issues this term.

The Reds, however, would likely face competition for Koopmeiners, as the player himself recently confirmed interest from AS Roma:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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