Rafael van der Vaart reacts on why Gini Wijnaldum should never have left Liverpool
Netherlands international legend Rafael van der Vaart believes former Liverpool player Georginio Wijnaldum made a mistake by joining Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the summer.
The Dutchman won the Champions League and the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp’s management, Wijnaldum moved to Paris for free ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
As per Express, Liverpool offered the Wijnaldum a contract extension, but the midfielder turned them down.
At some point, he was heavily linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona. Ultimately, PSG swooped in and signed up the free agent.
Unfortunately, Wijnaldum has had a hard time adjusting to life in the French capital.
He made consecutive appearances for PSG in the opening stretch of the season but failed to impress his coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Speaking to TuttoMercatoWeb, Van der Vaart believes that Wijnaldum made a mistake to pick Paris, stating that he would now understand the importance of well-thought-out decisions. He said:
“Wijnaldum made a mistake in choosing PSG, while (Steven) Berghuis made an excellent choice, choosing to move from Feyenoord to Ajax.
“Now Gini will understand why making the right choice is so important.”
Since moving to France, Gini Wijnaldum has made 31 appearances for PSG, netting only 3 goals and 3 assists.
Notably, the former Liverpool man was absent in Paris’ Champions League round-of-16 second-leg against Real Madrid where they famously lost the tie 3-2 despite having a 0-2 lead at first leg