Liverpool have been at the heart of a transfer tussle with one of their longest serving players this season.

Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum joined the club in 2015 from a then relegated Newcastle.

Since then, he has helped the club to win the Champions League and Premier League, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in between.

This season has seen the club try to negotiate a new deal with the 30-year-old midfielder.

Both parties have failed to reach an agreement over a new deal, meaning we will likely see him leave in the summer.

Wijnaldum has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona but his future club is still unknown .

Despite this, The Athletic‘s James Pearce says the club must ensure they replace the Dutchman to prevent another poor season…

It is easy to see where Pearce is coming from here.

He is obviously referring to the club’s tough time with defensive options this season after injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

The pair were injured early on into the season and after Dejan Lovren’s departure in the summer, left Klopp with slim pickings.

Another injury to Joel Matip soon left the club with no senior centre-backs, and it is easy to see Pearce’s worries.

Plenty of rumours have surfaced over a possible Wijnaldum replacement.

The most recent being that of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who would be a great addition to the squad.

The summer window could be an exciting one for the Liverpool faithful, so long as the club make the right moves.