Georginio Wijnaldum will make his decision on whether to leave Liverpool or not in February, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The midfielder joined the Reds from Newcastle United ahead of the 2016/17 season for an initial fee of around £23m.
His game has moved to the next level under Jurgen Klopp and he has played an integral role for them ever since he signed, winning the Premier League and Champions League at Anfield.
However, strong interest from Barcelona, coupled with his failure to agree fresh terms with Liverpool has thrown his future at the Premier League club into doubt.
Romano describes Wijnaldum’s situation at Liverpool as “complicated” with the Netherlands international out of contract at the end of the season.
“I’m told that in the last few weeks the situation has gotten really, really complicated with Gini Wijnaldum,” Romano told Anfield Watch.
“The last offer from Liverpool was in December and the player wasn’t happy with it, so he’s seriously considering his future at the moment.
“He’s really respectful of the club and of the fanbase and the people around the club. He loves Liverpool which is why he’s not going to sign for a new club until he’s told Liverpool what he’s going to do.
“He’s not made his final decision yet, but it’s really, really complicated, so I think that’s why Liverpool are planning to be ready in the summer in case he doesn’t sign a new deal.
“He’s not convinced about the economical part but also about what the project is going to be in the future and what his personal life and family want. It is really difficult at the moment, but I think in February we will have a decision.”
Romano added: “I love Wijnaldum, he’s a fantastic player who has everything. He’s a good runner, he’s a fighter, he has good quality, he scores goals and he’s a winner.
“They need to try and convince him to stay but I’m also respectful of Liverpool’s situation. Because we have to understand in this moment clubs are losing a lot of money which is an issue in terms of salaries and what they can offer.
“I’m sure if we weren’t in this situation with the pandemic we wouldn’t have this situation with Wijnaldum and he would have signed by now, because they would have made a different offer.
“In this moment it’s difficult to make a contract bid and a player might be tempted to move from one club to another as a free agent. When you move as a free agent you are receiving commission for your agent and for yourself and a new salary.
“But I’d love to see him stay with Liverpool because he’s perfect for Klopp and his football too. And when you move to Barcelona with a new president, a new team, you just don’t know how you’re going to do.”