Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suddenly cut short concerns about the future of Georginio Wijnaldum in Liverpool as the midfielder could transfer to Barcelona in the midst of speculation.
The current contract for the 29-year-old at Anfield expires at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and is assumed to be a priority for new Barca manager Ronald Koeman, who is looking to rebuild his squad after their disappointing 2019/20 season.
Klopp gave no clarification on the situation in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Community Shield clash against Arsenal this weekend.
Liverpool was closely linked to a deal for midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich but were unwilling to pay the £27 m fee for the player
“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.”
He said: “Interest? Who doesn’t want to have Messi in their team? But no chance.”
Title rivals Manchester City would appear to be the favourites to sign Messi should he leave Camp Nou.
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.”