Klopp: ‘No chance’ Liverpool signing Messi

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona gestures during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund at Camp Nou on November 27, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool have ‘no chance’ of signing Lionel Messi.

Several elite European clubs are in the hunt for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner after he intimated a desire to leave Barcelona earlier this week.

Manchester City currently appear favourites to land the Argentina captain due to a good relationship with Pep Guardiola during his time at the Nou Camp.

But Klopp has discounted the prospect of the Reds joining the race for Messi, 33, due to the financial demands associated with signing the coveted player.

He said: “Interest? Yeah, who doesn’t want to have Messi in their team?!

“But no chance. The numbers are absolutely not for us, so we don’t even have to start thinking about it! It is clear, there is no chance.

“But… good player, to be honest!”

Gini Wijnaldum is widely tipped to be one of Barca’s next signings due to new manager Ronald Koeman working with him for the Dutch national team.

The midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his current Anfield deal but Klopp cut short speculation on his future by offering little update on the situation.

“That’s an open contract situation, obviously,” added the Liverpool manager.

“Otherwise, you would know. And that means we don’t talk about that. I never did in press conferences so why should I change that?

“It’s all between us and the player, it’s all good in the moment. All fine. Gini looked very good in pre-season, played a couple of good seasons for us.

“So that’s all I can say about that.”
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