Date: 21st May 2021 at 7:20am
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Liverpool appear to have salvaged their chances of a top four finish this season, with Leicester’s defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday evening blowing the race for Champions League qualification wide open. 

Chelsea are now firm favourites to secure a place knowing a win over Aston Villa on the final day would be enough, while Liverpool would also qualify if they beat Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have turned the tide on their poor form of late, with victories in each of their last three league games.

The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Thiago Alcantara have all been praised for their recent performances, with the former seemingly back to his best after a short mid season blip.

One player, however, who has come in for strong criticism is Gini Wijnaldum, with several fans suggesting that the player is not putting his all into recent games and instead has one eye on his next destination.

The Dutch midfielder is expected to depart Anfield when his contract expires in June, and it has been widely reported that he will secure his ‘dream move’ to Barcelona.

Wijnaldum’s proposed move to Barca is reportedly reliant on Koeman remaining at the club for a second season

The La Liga giants are reportedly keen, with boss Ronald Koeman admitting his desire to sign his fellow countryman.

However, according to Football Insider, any agreement would depend on Koeman staying as manager at the Nou Camp next season.

The report suggests that, if Koeman is to be axed, the move for Wijnaldum could collapse.

The Catalan giants missed out on the La Liga title this season, with defeat to Celta Vigo on Sunday meaning that the title race is a two horse race going into the final day this weekend.

Barca are rumoured to have approached former midfielder Xavi, current manager of Qatari club Al Sadd, about potentially taking over from Koeman next season.

With Wijnaldum having all but admitted his desire to join Barcelona, a potential hurdle in the move could spell disaster for the midfielder.

 
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