Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has openly criticised former Reds player Gini Wijnaldum for his claims as to why he left the club this summer for Paris Saint Germain. The 30-year-old midfielder left the Reds for free last month & joined Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG.
Gini Wijnaldum was given a guard of honour in his final game at Liverpool after they claimed a 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace to secure a top four finish last season. He was applauded by the playing and coaching staff and received a huge standing ovation from the Liverpool supporters but said he didn’t feel appreciated by some fans online. Wijnaldum recently criticised the Reds’ supporters for their conduct on social media.
The former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has now hit back at Wijnaldum and said: “I love Gini but this is not right, social media is a circus and every club has clowns,” the ex-Liverpool centre-back posted on Twitter.
“Turn off your notifications and if it’s bothering you that much delete the app!
“He wanted more money, the club said no, that’s football!”
What did Gini Wijnaldum say
Gini Wijnaldum said to the Times: “There was a moment when I didn’t feel loved and appreciated. Not my teammates, not the people at Melwood. From them, I know – I can say they all love me and I love them. It was not from that side, more the other side. Every day in training and in the games, I gave everything I had to bring it to a good end because, during the years, Liverpool meant so much to me and because of the way the fans in the stadium were treating me.
“My feeling was that the fans in the stadium and the fans on social media were two different kinds. The fans in the stadium always supported me. Even when they came back. Already knowing that I was going to leave, they still supported me and, in the end, they gave me a great farewell.”
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Gini Wijnaldum on social media: “When it went bad, I was the player who they blamed – that I wanted to leave. On social media, if we lost, I was the one who got the blame. There was a moment when I was like: ‘Wow. If they only knew what I was doing to stay fit and play every game.’
Other players might have said: ‘OK, I am not fit.’ You get players in their last year who are like: ‘I’m not playing because it is a risk.’ I did the opposite.“I didn’t always play good but, after the game, I could look in the mirror and say: ‘I gave it all. I trained hard to get better.’ Even with the physios … I took the most possible treatment I could get.
“There was a story that Liverpool made an offer, I didn’t accept because I wanted more money and the fans made it like: ‘OK, he didn’t get the offer, so he doesn’t try his best to win games.’ Then the results were not really good and everything looked like it was against me. Some moments, it was like: ‘Wow, me again?’ It’s a collective. But my teammates never gave me the feeling that I let them down or I was taking the piss or something like that. With the team everything was fine.”
Gini Wijnaldum said after the Palace game that he “would have loved to remain a Liverpool player for many more years but unfortunately things went different”.
Mauricio Pochettino tried to sign the player from Newcastle when he was at Tottenham in 2016.
The midfielder played a key role in helping Liverpool win the 2019 Champions League semi-final as well as the club’s first ever Premier League title the following year. His career-defining performance in the 2019 UEFA Champions League semi-final in the second leg against Barcelona at Anfield will always be remembered. Sent on as a half-time substitute with Liverpool 1-0 up on the night but 3-1 down on aggregate, he scored twice to level before Divock Origi got the winner from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quickly taken corner.