Teun Koopmeiners tipped as Georginio Wijnaldum's replacement

With Georginio Wijnaldum's contract edging near towards conclusion, Liverpool have been linked with AZ Alkmaar captain Teun Koopmeiners.
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AZ Alkmaar captain Teun Koopmeiners has been linked as Georginio Wijnaldum's replacement, according to reports.

The Dutch captain's contract saga rumbles on with his deal at Anfield expiring in June. 

Barcelona, Inter Milan and more recently Chelsea have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old.

Prior to Saturday's 3-0 win, Wijnaldum had been everpresent for the Premier League champions but he was replaced by the veteran, James Milner, for the trip to the Emirates Stadium.

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding his contract with the two representatives at loggerheads.

Reports suggest that Liverpool's extension offer is way off his expectation as he believes his wages should compare to the clubs highest earners. 

Ronald Koeman, the former Holland head coach, enjoyed time with Wijnaldum during his time with the national team and it is no secret that the Barcelona manager is a fan of the Premier League and Champions League winner.

His time at Anfield looks set to end just months before his five-year anniversary at the club. 

There are fond memories of the Dutchman and his time on Merseyside, especially his Champions League semi-final performance as his brace contributed to a comeback on an unforgettable European night at Anfield.


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Italian news outlet Calciomercato has reported that Teun Koopmeiners is a name on the list of replacements for the former Newcastle midfielder.

The 23-year-old Dutchman has two years remaining on his deal in Alkmaar and has started all of their Eredivisie games this season, captaining the side 22 times.

However, AZ had to rely on Albert Guðmundsson's second-half strike 18 minutes from time after Koopmeiners red card five minutes in. 

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Koopmeiners is a versatile central midfielder, capable of playing in the holding role. He has 13 more goals than Wijnaldum this season with the goals from midfield drying up for Liverpool this season.