Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Wijnaldum’s possible move to Barcelona

Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cut short questions regarding Georginio Wijnaldum’s future at the club amid speculation the midfielder could join Barcelona.

The midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of the 2020/21 season and it is believed he is a target for new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, who is looking to overhaul his squad after their poor 2019/20 campaign.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Community Shield game against Arsenal this weekend, Jurgen Klopp gave only little update on the situation.

“That’s an open contract situation, obviously,” the German said. “Otherwise, you would know. And that means we don’t talk about that. I never did in press conferences so why should I change that?

“It’s all between us and the player, it’s all good in the moment. All fine. Gini looked very good in pre-season, played a couple of good seasons for us. “So that’s all I can say about that.”

Also, Liverpool have been linked with a transfer move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara but are not willing to pay their £27m asking fee for the player.

And Klopp also quickly dismissed claims Liverpool could move for Lionel Messi, who submitted a transfer request at this week.

He said: “Interest? Who doesn’t want to have Messi in their team? But no chance.”

Manchester City would appear to be the favourites to sign Lionel Messi should he leave Barcelona. Klopp said: “It would obviously help Man City and make it more difficult to beat them.

“For the Premier League it would be great, but I am not sure the Premier League needs that boost.”


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