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What Liverpool players did after Gini Wijnaldum departure confirmed

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Jurgne Klopp admits Liverpool found it "difficult" to say goodbye to club legend Gini Wijnaldum after his final appearance for the club.

Wijnaldum will join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer once his Anfield contract expires at the end of the month.



The French side gazumped Barcelona for the services of the Dutchman, who scored 22 goals in 237 appearances during five-year spell with the Reds in which he won the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.



The 30-year-old was given an emotional send-off at Anfield following his last outing in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on May 23.



And Klopp has explained how Liverpool's squad and coaching staff then gave Wijnaldum a private farewell.

“As a team we said our goodbyes to Gini at Anfield after the final game of the season," said the Reds boss. "There was the public farewell on the pitch with the guard of honour. But then a more private occasion also.

“It was difficult for all of us because of how much this astonishing person means to the group. He’s been a big part of our lives for so long. There is nothing I won’t miss about him.

“I will miss the player he is like crazy – highest-quality ability, one of the smartest players I have ever had the privilege to coach. His contribution was off the scale, a manager’s dream.

“But as a person he’ll leave just as big a hole. A more giving individual you could not wish to meet. Gini is very strong and opinionated, but his motivation is only to help the team – always. His team-mates adored him and respected him in equal measure."

Klopp, speaking to liverpoolfc.com, added: “His smile lit up our workplace. He was a huge part of our beating heart.

“Of course, he is now someone else’s and on behalf of the team we wish him great success in France with PSG. It is no surprise he’s joined such an amazing club. Knowing his personality, he will fall in love with the city and the team – and they with him.

“Farewell, Gini: you came, you saw, you won the lot. You’re a Liverpool legend now and forever.”

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