Georginio Wijnaldum has said he would be “devastated” if he had to leave Liverpool this summer and insists he his “really happy” on Merseyside.
The Holland midfielder speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League second leg with RB Leipzig insisted there was no news on his contract.
The 30-year-old is out of contract this summer and the deal that was believed to have been placed on the table in December remains unsigned.
Wijnaldum though insists the ball is in the court of the champions, although he revealed it would break his heart to leave Anfield.
Asked how hard it would be to leave, he said: “Really difficult because if that happens you will leave a team who you really love, a team who you shared a lot of years together, and where you feel really comfortable.
“That would be difficult… it always depends on the situation but that I would be devastated that I don’t play with this team anymore, that would be for sure.
“At the moment, there is no news as it is right now. I would lie if I come with news. The only thing that I can say is that I’m really happy at the club – I’m really happy with the team, the staff, and really happy with the fans for who I play.”
Wijnaldum, who admitted playing in empty stadiums has “affected” the champions, insists he is loving his football at the club and his family are settled.
Thus hinting that finances and length of deal may well be what is holding up his Liverpool renewal.
“That’s the only thing that I can say. It’s not that I am not happy and that I have to leave or something like that, but it’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is to make some decisions for your future because you have to think about everything,” said Wijnaldum.
“First you have to negotiate with the club and those kind of things and it’s so difficult to deal with all kind of things and that’s why I think it takes so long. I think also [that with] the situation we are in right now, it’s not the most important thing right now.
“I think the most important thing is to get back on track, to start winning games again, and then we will see. But until now, the only thing what I can say is that I am really happy here; happy with the fans, happy with my team, happy with the staff, with who I work with.
“My family is happy here. But beside that, there is no news.”
Hit by ‘shocking’ form
The former Newcastle man was asked about the club’s wretched run of form. Jurgen Klopp’s men have lost seven of their last 10 Premier League games.
“It hit us hard, definitely, I think everyone can see it. There is confidence in the team and the players in each other but I think it’s less than what we are used to also, because the situations we are in – with the injuries and players who get COVID sometimes in difficult times during the season and also the results that were not in our favour.
“So I think also for a lot of players of us, it’s a new situation we are in right now. We were used to winning games and winning trophies and now it’s totally the opposite. Yes, I think the confidence is less than the previous years but it’s also because it’s a totally different situation we are in right now.
“Really shocking. I don’t think it was shocking to lose a game but more the way we lost the games.
“Also because we all believe that the way we lost the games was way too early, that we could do it better even in the situation we are in right now with the injuries and everything.
“We analysed the games and we saw that we could basically fix the situations we were in in the moments where we conceded the goals and even play better, so that’s the most frustrating thing about the situation we are in right now because we all believe that we could do better.”