The Egyptian forward has attracted interest from Real Madrid while the Dutch midfielder has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
Liverpool going trophyless this season wouldn’t be “a failure” and would not put them at risk of losing their star players, says John Barnes.
Jurgen Klopp’s era has been a huge success at Liverpool. The club have been able to prove their supremacy not only domestically but also in Europe, winning Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup honors.
However, a substantial slip in standards has been observed from the Reds this season.
They have already been knocked out of the FA Cup. The Premier League champions have also lost much ground in the title race.
Amid the slump, a number of their players have been linked with exits including Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum, who continues to run down his current contract which expires at the end of the season, is understood to be a target for FC Barcelona. Salah, meanwhile, is said to of interest to Real Madrid.
“If they feel they can go to a better club than Liverpool then that’s up to them but it’s important to remember that the season would not, at all, be a failure if Liverpool weren’t to win anything,” Liverpool legend Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
“I don’t think winning a trophy would necessarily mean that players would want to leave Liverpool. Because if we finish somewhere at the top of the table and played as well as we have done, yet didn’t win a trophy, that doesn’t mean that the team has failed.
“For a player such as Wijnaldum with his contract coming to an end it’s obviously up to him to decide whether he’ll stay or go – but I don’t think that his decision will have anything to do with Liverpool winning the league or not this season.
“At this stage of his career, Wijnaldum would want to be somewhere where’s guaranteed to be played rather than just looking for the big bucks – and if he feels that Liverpool will give his that, then I think he’ll stay – but it’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.”