If Gini Wijnaldum is feeling the strain over his unresolved Liverpool future, he was not showing it on Tuesday afternoon.
Beaming from ear to ear as the questions rained down, Wijnaldum was happy to tackle the tricky topic over where he will be playing his football next season.
As one of the club’s quartet of on-field leaders, the Netherlands international also delivered something of a statesmanlike address on behalf of his team-mates at the AXA Centre in Kirkby.
Wijnaldum fronted up, admitted he and his colleagues were “angry” by how the situation had gone askew at Anfield and detailed how much they were ready to work to address a shocking slump that has all but derailed their campaign entirely.
In the absence of the injured duo of Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk, it is Wijnaldum, alongside vice-captain James Milner, who is entrusted to guide right now on the pitch.
“We feel really bad,” he said. “The way we deal with situations during the game was too bad, we could do even better.
“It makes me and us more angry because we can do so much better than what we do right now.
“Injuries are a reason, of course, but the situations we have faced had nothing to do with that.”
But while he said all the right things about how Liverpool aim to move forward from this steep, post-Christmas drop, the most pertinent of Wijnaldum‘s words centred solely around himself.
Despite the dwindling days on a contract signed in July 2016, Wijnaldum remains as vital to the cause as ever for Jurgen Klopp.
Featuring in 38 of the Reds’ 40 games so far this term, the Netherlands international has sat out just the trips to Lincoln and Midtjylland, once more proving his value to Klopp’s engine room.