‘There was a moment I didn’t feel appreciated’
“Well, yeah, there was a moment I didn’t feel loved and appreciated,” said the midfielder in an interview with the Telegraph.
“Not my team-mates, not the people at Melwood [training ground]. 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. There was a moment that I didn’t feel appreciated and loved and I have to say also there was social media.”
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Like most players, Wijnaldum is used to abuse on social media after a poor result. However, the midfielder believes he was targeted throughout Liverpool’s poor season because of his decision to leave at the end of the season.
“In the stadium, I can say nothing bad about them. They always supported me,” said Wijnaldum.
“And even when they came back, already knowing that I was going to leave, they still supported me and they gave me a great farewell.
“On social media, if we lost I was the one who got the blame. There would be moments when I was like ‘Wow, if they only knew what I was doing to stay fit and play every game’.”