Wijnaldum highlights "most important" Liverpool issue with contract statement

Gini Wijnaldum insists his focus is only on “fixing” Liverpool despite his continued contract impasse at Anfield.

The Dutch midfielder has been a key component in the success of Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent seasons.

But the ex-Newcastle, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven star looks increasingly set to leave this summer.

Wijnaldum, 30, is into the final months of his contract on Merseyside and no agreement has been reached on an extension.

He can leave as a free agent this summer, with Barcelona having been mooted as a potential destination; he would appeal to the cash-strapped Blaugrana, regardless of whether Ronald Koeman remains at the end of the season, due to his availability on a free transfer.

But Wijnaldum, who has played 224 matches for the club since arriving for £25million in 2016, insists there is nothing certain just yet.

"If you’re a fan and you support the team – you support the player and what they do with me," Wijnaldum told beIN Sports.

"You want to hear what’s going to happen but on the other side, for me, if there’s nothing to say and no news I cannot say something.

"I hope they can understand that and I hope they will stay patient until there’s news.

"The most important thing right now is that we fix things in the game as a team and we get results.

"Talking about an individual, in this case about me and my contract situation – because I just said there’s no news, I think we can focus on better things than on my situation.

"When there is news, we will bring it out."

On the field, Liverpool's nightmare run continued against Fulham on Sunday, as they fell to a sixth straight Anfield defeat.

Never before in their history had the Reds lost more than four in a row at home before Thursday, but defeats to both Chelsea and the Cottagers have set a new unwanted benchmark.

That has led to former star Jamie Carragher damningly labelling them “mentality midgets” as he declared that the side has become a shadow of its former self.

“So often at these stages last season, Liverpool scored late goals, even the year before when they were chasing down Man City,” he said while on commentary for Sky Sports.

“That man [Klopp] rightly called his side the mentality monsters and they deserved that tag, but right now, they are like mentality midgets.

“Every time there is a bit of adversity, you go behind in a game, his team is just not dealing well with adversity at any stage in this last three or four months.

“It's not acceptable from Liverpool, that sort of performance, and I'll tell you what, I played in some really poor Liverpool teams.

“These defeats, at home, against the level of opposition, you need to find something from somewhere. It looks like top four positions now are a long way off.”

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