Gini Wijnaldum has reflected on his exit from Liverpool, revealing he felt unloved at times during his spell at Anfield.
Wijnaldum – who signed for Paris Saint-Germain after leaving on a free transfer – admitted he suffered from abuse on social media but rejected the idea he left Merseyside for more money.
Wijnaldum told The Times : “Every day in training and in the game I gave everything.
“Liverpool meant so much to me. There was some moment when I didn’t feel love and appreciated there.
“Not by my teammates, not the people at Melwood. I know they all loved me and I loved them. It was not from that side, more from the other side.
“There was a moment when I didn’t feel loved. In the last two seasons, I had it a few times.
“The media didn’t help. There was a story like I didn’t accept the [Liverpool] offer because I wanted more money, and the fans made it like ‘OK, he didn’t get the offer so he doesn’t try his best to win games.’ Everything looked like it was against me.
“Some moments it was like, Wow, me again?’”
He added: “The fans in the stadium and the fans in social media were two different things,” he continues.
“In the stadium, I can say nothing bad about them,they always supported me.
“On social media if we lost I was the one who got the blame — [claiming] that I wanted to leave. There was a moment when I was like, Wow, if they only knew what I was doing to stay fit and play every game.
“You cannot complain because that is your job. But other players might have said, I’m not fit.You get players in their last year who are like, I’m not playing because it’s a risk.I did the opposite.
“I didn’t always play good but after the game I could look in the mirror and say, I trained hard to get better.
“My team-mates never had the feeling that I let them down or was taking the p*** ,For the manager, I was someone he was really sure he could trust. It also helped because I could play in different positions and do it well in different positions,I would give everything.
“I got so much love not only from the fans but the manager and the players, the people who worked at the club.Players came to me saying, this is your last training session, this is your last week at the club It was really difficult and also emotional.
“A lot of time I had to fight against my tears. The love everyone showed [during and after that final game, against Crystal Palace] was beautiful.”
The Dutchman joined Liverpool in 2016 from Newcastle United and made more than 200 appearances while lifting the Premier League and Champions League titles.