Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has insisted he cannot comment on whether he will be signing a new deal at the club.

The Dutch midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer, with their new manager Ronald Koeman thought to be keen to take him to the Camp Nou.

It was widely felt that a deal could happen as Wijnaldum is in the final year of his contract at Anfield and has so far failed to sign an extension to it.

However, a deal didn’t happen, with the player instead staying with Liverpool.

The obvious conclusion is that he signs a new deal to extend his four-year stay on Merseyside, but when questioned about the situation, he refused to comment either way.

“I can’t say anything about that,” Het Parool report him saying.

“Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?

“I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”

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Wijnaldum heads into this international break with the Netherlands after another solid start to the season with Liverpool.

The Premier League champions currently sit third in the table after eight games, with the weekend draw against Manchester City leaving them one point off first.

Not sitting at the top of the table is something the Reds aren’t accustomed to after last season and the midfielder says it is something they are keen to rectify.

“That (leading the table) was a while ago, yes,” he said.

“Although we knew we might not be at the top after this weekend, going to Manchester City is just a tough game.

“But take it from me: we are just as eager at Liverpool, you know. The group wants more, and the manager is still pushing us.”

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If Liverpool are to get back to the top of the table, they will have to do so without defender Virgil van Dijk.

As you’ll be aware the centre back is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, picked up in a collision with Everton’s Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside derby.

That injury could also see him miss the European Championships next year, although Wijnaldum says that is a discussion he and his teammate are yet to have.

“It’s a pity that Virgil van Dijk isn’t there because of that knee injury,” he added.

“I talk to him often, but never about soccer. I do talk about life. So also not whether or not he will make it to the European Championships.

“He just has to rehabilitate and be there for his family. And God willing, he will be there next summer. Yes, he is still involved with the team, even though he is not physically here.”