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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is still hopeful that Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will sign a new contract at Anfield.
The 30-year-old’s current deal will expire in the summer, meaning foreign suitors like Barcelona will be able to talk to him about a contract in January.
Amid all the uncertainty, Wijnaldum has remained a critical part of Klopp’s lineup at Liverpool. He has started 15 games in all competitions this season and scored his first goal of the year in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
When asked if Wijnaldum’s future is still at Anfield, Klopp replied (via Echo of Liverpool): “I hope so, to be honest. As you can see, he plays all the time. We have a pretty good relationship. I hope so.”
While the manager was open and clear about his desire for Wijnaldum to remain at Liverpool, the midfielder himself seemed a bit more uncertain when asked what the future holds.
“I already said in my previous interview that I am not talking about my contractual situation, I am talking about the parties,” he said. Amazon prime. “The club should talk about my contract.
“There was a connection from the first moment I arrived here. The fans support me a lot, but as I said, it is not my place to talk about my contract right now.”
Wijnaldum is believed to be at the top of the wish list for Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, who was already eager to rebuild his squad before embarking on his dismal start to the current campaign.
As it stands, he will be free to discuss a contract with La Blaugrana from January, but Liverpool have not given up hope of convincing the Dutchman to stay.
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