Jamie Carragher hits out at Georginio Wijnaldum’s motives for leaving Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has hit out at Georginio Wijnaldum after the Dutchman claimed he decided to leave Liverpool because of abuse on social media.

Wijnaldum, 30, completed his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this week after seeing out his contract at Anfield following a five-year stint.

He has remained fairly tight-lipped on the details of his contract stand-off with his former club, with reports suggesting he wanted a bigger salary to reflect his status as one of the world's leading midfielders – something Liverpool were not prepared to accept due to his age.

But he revealed in an interview with The Guardian that his reasons for moving on were very much to do with the reaction of the Liverpool fanbase amid his contract talks.

“There was a moment when I didn’t feel loved and appreciated,” Wijnaldum said. “Not my teammates, not the people at Melwood. From them, I know … I can say they all love me and I love them. It was not from that side, more the other side.”

Wijnaldum explained how over the last two seasons of his time at Liverpool he did not feel he had the full backing of the fans – stating that those who came to matches supported him, but away from the stadium they viewed him in a more negative light.

“I have to say also there was social media,” he added. “When it went bad, I was the player who they blamed – that I wanted to leave.

“My feeling was that the fans in the stadium and the fans on social media were two different kinds."

But ex-Liverpool legend Carragher has now dismissed Wijnaldum's claims, suggesting his motives for leaving were purely financial.

"I love Gini but this is not right," Carragher said on Twitter. "Social media is a circus and every club has clowns.

"Turn off your notifications and if it’s bothering you that much delete the app! He wanted more money the club said no, that’s football!"

Dutch publication De Telegraaf have reported that Wijnaldum has agreed terms on a three-year contract worth £165,000 after tax – the equivalent of more than £300,000-per-week before tax.

Wijnaldum admitted he had several offers as his contract was coming to an end, with Barcelona believed to be one of the clubs to hold talks.

But he claimed the opportunity to link up with Mauricio Pochettino – who had tried to sign him previously for Tottenham – was too good to turn down, as he was swayed by the "project" in progress at PSG.

"Winning titles is very important, that's what we all want to accomplish as a footballer," he said at his official unveiling.

"And Paris wants to win, it's a club that has progressed a lot over the years, which has played in a Champions League final, which also reached the last four last season.

"I think the project is beautiful, and we are building a team to fulfil these goals."

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