Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed Georginio Wijnaldum will leave the club when his contract ends in July in an emotional farewell to the Reds star.
He was given a guard of honour after Liverpool sealed their top-four finish with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Wijnaldum was handed a standing ovation when he was replaced late on.
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“It’s very emotional for me because I’ll lose a friend and that’s how it is, but it is normal in football these kind of things happen,” said Klopp.
“Nobody can take our memories from us. If goodbye would not be tough then the time you had together was not worth it. It’s really tough because we had a great time together.”
Wijnaldum was instrumental in Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League wins during his five seasons at the club.
He famously scored twice in the Reds’ 4-0 win over Barcelona to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.
The Dutch international has been strongly linked with a move to Barca, but hinted that he felt harshly treated by not being handed a new contract.
“I’m fighting against tears right now,” said Wijnaldum.
“I didn’t sign somewhere else. I will have to look at my story and how everything went. The fans deserve to know the story behind it.”
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