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Emotional farewell of Liverpool star before bombshell claim on truth behind exit

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LONDON, United Kingdom

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.

“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.

Georginio Wijnaldum is presented with a plaque following his final game. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

“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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