Wijnaldum does not deserve to be one of Reds top earners – Bent
With Gini Wijnaldum’s Liverpool contract continuing to run down and the midfielder now in the final six months of his current Reds deal, former Premier League striker Darren Bent has declared that the Dutchman does not deserve to be one of Anfield’s top earners.
Reports have claimed that Wijnaldum would like to extend his stay on Merseyside but wants to be rewarded with a bumper package that would reward his services as one of Jurgen Klopp’s main men.
However, Bent told Football Insider:
“He’s been very, very good, but no, I’m not putting him on the same wages as Salah, Mane, even Firmino, for that matter.
“The likes of van Dijk, Alisson, Robertson, Trent (Alexander-Arnold), no – don’t get me wrong, he’s been good, he’s been very good, especially when they won the Champions League, his role in the team, but to say he wants to be up there with the big earners, no.
“He’s been part of a very successful team and he deserves to be, I guess, in the same building as them guys because he has played well, there have been times, like in the Champions League semi-final, where I thought he was brilliant.
“But to kind of catapult yourself to where van Dijk is, Alisson, these guys, them two, for instance, changed lives at Liverpool when they came in. Trent and Robertson have been absolutely superb and Salah, breaking records, Mane is Mane, for me one of their best players, if not the best player.
“So to say you want to be on the same kind of level as them, I don’t think so, you can’t get away with that. He certainly deserves a bigger wage than he’s probably on but to say that he wants to be one of the top earners in the same bracket as them guys, no.”