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'Should be all over this': Some Liverpool fans think 27-year-old is the 'perfect' Wijnaldum replacement

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Liverpool bid farewell to Reds icon Georginio Wijnaldum on Thursday.

The Dutch midfielder completed his move from Anfield to Paris Saint-Germain.

Wijnaldum’s Liverpool contract expired at the end of the season after opting not to sign an extension.

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The 30-year-old shone at Anfield following his move from Newcastle in 2016.

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He made 237 appearances for Liverpool and won a number of trophies including the Premier League and Champions League.

The 30-year-old was given a guard of honour in his final Reds game last month, the 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

Emotions aside, Liverpool must now look into how to replace the midfield maestro.

Some Reds fans have one particular player in mind – Marcel Sabitzer.

Who is Marcel Sabitzer?

The 27-year-old captains Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig and plays for the Austria national team.

He came through the ranks at Admira Wacker, playing for their B team and senior team from 2010 to 2012.

Sabitzer then joined Rapid Vienna in 2013 but was on the move a year later, signing with RB Leipzig.

He spent 2014-15 on loan at Red Bull Salzburg before debuting for Leipzig in July 2015.

Sabitzer has 227 senior appearances for Leipzig under his belt, plus 50 caps for Austria.

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BILD – via Daily Mail – claimed in March that Liverpool were one of several teams eyeing Sabitzer.

The midfielder is about to enter the last 12 months of his contract at Leipzig.

In addition, he has made little secret of his desire to seek out a new challenge.

According to The Athletic, Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Tottenham are currently looking at Sabitzer.

They add that he could be available for as little as 15m euros, or £13m.

Style of play

Sabitzer is a versatile midfielder who has shone in multiple positions over the past few years.

During his time at Leipzig, he has featured in the holding role, as a No.8, as an attacking midfielder, and on both flanks too.

The Bundesliga website claimed last year that Sabitzer “plays a bit like David Beckham”.

Meanwhile, Total Football Analysis claimed in 2018 that his overall playing style is similar to Luka Modric and Mousa Dembele.

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