Between the international break and fixtures needing to be rearranged due to the FA Cup, Liverpool find themselves in the midst of a three-week run without football. And what do you do to fill a three-week run without football?
You rehash the Reds’ most well-worn transfer saga of the past year, obviously. We’re talking Gini Wijnaldum, who’s been on the verge of signing a pre-contract with Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain or maybe even resigning with Liverpool for what feels like forever now.
“As I’ve said on other occasions, I have no news still,” was Wijnaldum’s response when he was rather inevitably asked about his future by Dutch broadcasters NOS while on duty with the Netherlands national team this week.
Recent reports had Wijnaldum finally agreeing a pre-contract with Barcelona following the election of a new president only for journalists with ties to the Catalan club to quickly come out to deny the story, ensuring the player would be asked about his status while away with his national team.
“They say [a deal is done] in the media but I have no news,” he added. “When there is I will talk about it, but there isn’t. I’m here now to talk about the games against Turkey, Latvia and Gibraltar.”
Fair enough, I suppose. As for the Dutch national team, they have games against Turkey, Latvia, and Gibraltar—all of them World Cup qualifiers—over the next seven days. After Wijnaldum returns to the Reds they will face Arsenal on Saturday, April 3rd.