With a year left on his Liverpool deal and an extension apparently off the table, there was plenty of speculation that veteran Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum could have joined former national team boss Ronald Koeman at Barcelona over the summer.

When he didn’t, with the player and Liverpool deciding the best way forward was for the 29-year-old to see out his final year at Anfield, it settled Wijnaldum’s short-term future—but meant we were always going to get speculation about what would come next.