Liverpool star puts onus firmly on club with official statement on exit links

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has insisted that there is no news on his future, adding that it is up to the club to announce any developments.

The Dutch midfielder has entered the final six months of his contract, meaning he can talk to overseas clubs.

But while he is unlikely to agree a pre-contract with another club in January, the prospect of the 30-year-old leaving in the summer grows by the day.

Previous speculation has heavily linked Wijnaldum with Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Speaking to Sky Sports, though, the Netherlands international stressed that there remains a lack of clarity over his future.

“There is no update yet,” he said. “I also think I’m not the one who should give the update.

“The club should do that. So if there is an update, the club will give it.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has offered similarly undetailed responses to questions about the player’s next move.

On one occasion, Klopp even referenced Emre Can’s 2018 exit in a hint about a similar scenario unfolding. Can ran down his contract at Anfield and joined Juventus as a free agent.

For now, though, Wijnaldum remains fully focused on Liverpool’s attempt to defend their Premier League title.

While they had done well to sit top earlier in the campaign amid a host of injuries, they have now slipped to fourth.

Indeed, they are without a win in four matches and have not scored in three, ahead of Thursday’s clash with Burnley.

Wijnaldum reveals Liverpool mindset

Wijnaldum said: “This has changed the situation because normally the hunted have been us but now we have to hunt the other teams that are above us,” he said.

“The way we want to play, the way we want to play against every team, that will not change. I think we are not really busy with trying to defend a title, we are more busy with winning games.

“To defend the title, you can’t look too far ahead. You have to look game by game instead of putting pressure on ourselves that we have to defend the championship.

“Of course we want that and will do everything possible to keep it that way, but the mindset is not that we need to defend the title we are more like ‘we need to improve our game and we need to get better’.”

Liverpool drew 1-1 with Burnley at Anfield last season after the Reds had claimed the top-flight crown.

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