Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was asked about the futures of Lionel Messi and Georginio Wijnaldum in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Klopp said Liverpool have “no chance” of landing Messi due to the costs involved but then spoke about the possibility of the Argentine playing for Pep Guardiola’s side.
“It would obviously help Manchester City and make it even more difficult to beat them, which was already very difficult. For the Premier League it would be great, 100 per cent, having the best player in the world in the league. The numbers are not for us. We don’t have to start thinking about it. No chance, but, good player to be honest!”
“I’m not sure the Premier League needs a boost but it would be a boost, for sure. It would be interesting to see as well. Messi never played in another league, other than Spain. Actually, I would like to see it - but I’m not sure I will.”
Klopp was also asked about Wijnaldum amid speculation new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to bring the Netherlands international to the Camp Nou.
“That’s an open contract situation, otherwise we would know. It’s all between us and the player, these kind of things. It’s all good at the moment, all fine. Gini played very well in pre-season and has obviously had a couple of good seasons for us. That’s all I can say about that.”
Wijnaldum’s current Liverpool deal expires in 2021 and he is yet to agree a new deal with the Premier League champions.