Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to confirm whether his recent “talks” with Georginio Wijnaldum were about his future at the club. Wijnaldum has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield in recent weeks as he has just one year left on his contract.
Reports have suggested new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is desperate to bring the midfielder to the Nou Camp.
It has also been claimed that Wijnaldum would welcome a move to Barcelona and Liverpool would be looking to receive around £15million for his services.
No formal offer has been made to Liverpool though and Wijnaldum is expected to be involved in the Premier League opener against Leeds on Saturday (5pm).
Wijnaldum is clearly a favourite under Klopp as he was the most used midfielder at Liverpool in their title-winning campaign.
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But his future remains uncertain with no update on whether he is set to sign a new contract.
Klopp spoke with the media ahead of the game against Leeds on Friday where he was asked whether he had spoken with Wijnaldum about a decision this summer.
The Liverpool boss confirmed he had spoken with the Holland international this week, but suggested it was like any other conversation they’ve had previously.
“Since Gini is here, I’ve had 500 or 600 talks with him,” he said.
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“Yes of course I spoke to Gini.
“He came back from international duties and then we have a talk.
“That’s always like this and that’s all I can say about that.”
The Premier League season gets underway on Saturday but, unlike during the restart period, clubs will not be able to make five substitutions.
And Klopp doesn’t understand why the Premier League opted to revert back to the usual three substitutions.
“I thought from a common sense point of view, of course it would be clear we will have 20 and five [subs]. It’s not an advantage, I don’t like we deal with this thing around the wrong facts,” he said.
“It’s about players’ welfare and highest quality in games for all teams.
“Look at the other countries, Bayern have the best team and have an advantage with the five subs but they play the most games. Not it is 18 and three, so you have to rotate more, you need numbers and fit players.
“That is the job we have to do. We have to make the decisions.”
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