Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from the club this summer.
The midfielder’s name was often linked with various clubs around Europe, after Liverpool signed two further midfielders in Fabinho and Naby Keita.
Wijnaldum has been a key player for Klopp since his joined the club, and it would have been a shock decision to allow the Dutchman to leave. But with the team bursting with talent in midfield, it further intensified rumours of a potential departure.
The player himself has now addressed the rumours, saying that he did not want to leave the club and did not come close to doing so.
“That was the speculation of the media,” Wijnaldum said via Goal. “I laugh about it!
“I also read that I asked the club if I could leave. I never had a conversation with the club!
“People from the outside just see Liverpool are buying players, so [they think] players who are already here are going to leave.
“Liverpool will always buy good players, even if they already have good players. That’s normal. I think it has to be normal for a club like Liverpool because that means you’re a big club.
“But that was something from the media that I was going to Turkey. Maybe because Phillip Cocu is manager and I worked with him for two years. I don’t know who put it in the media, but it wasn’t me!”
Wijnaldum certainly has a fair bit of competition on his hands in centre midfield this season, but he is a much needed member of the squad – proving just how much so during the Reds’ 4-0 thrashing of West Ham on the opening game of the season.