Despite helping Liverpool win the Champions League two years ago and the Premier League in 2020, Barnes insists Wijnaldum was NOT a key player.
The former England winger told BonusCodeBets: “Georginio Wijnaldum played well for the Netherlands in their opening match.
"He's been a fantastic player for Liverpool, but he won't be that big a miss for the club.
“Gini doesn't win you matches, generally. The front three do, and the back four do.
“They'll miss him but they'd miss Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez or Alisson more.
"He's [Wijnaldum] not Kevin De Bruyne or David Silva, he can be replaced.
“Gini is a hard-working midfield player, of which Liverpool have several.