“I am pretty happy with Gini. You can see that when you see most of the line-ups.
“He always played good, that’s why he played so many games. And he has played plenty of positions; different positions.”
And Wijnaldum was equally complimentary when asked if it would be difficult to leave Liverpool.
“Really difficult,” the midfielder said. “If that happens, you would be leaving a team that you really love.
“A team that you shared a lot of years together, a team where you feel really comfortable. That would be difficult but, on the other side, you would know the situation why you have to leave.
“It always depends on the situation but I would be devastated [if] I didn’t play with this team any more, that’s for sure.”
Klopp will no doubt be keen to avoid a repeat of this season’s struggles as he plans ahead for the next campaign.
The Reds boss was left with no senior centre-backs after long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip followed the departure of Dejan Lovren last summer.
With Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and others also suffering spells on the sidelines, the injury crisis seriously undermined Liverpool’s ultimately doomed title challenge.
Their hopes of repeating 2019’s Champions League triumph are still very much alive, with the Reds facing a quarter-final clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on April 6, before the return leg at Anfield eight days later.
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It would also be viewed as a vote of confidence from newly elected president Joan Laporta in Koeman – despite the fact Barca are out of the Champions League and trailing Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.
Barca host Real Sociedad on Sunday looking to close a four-point gap to leaders Atletico.
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