Georginio Wijnaldum says Champions League glory can rescue Liverpool’s season
Klopp’s aspect, high of the desk at Christmas, have slipped to eighth within the Premier League and look unlikely to complete within the high 4.
Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool can solely save their season by profitable the Champions League following the collapse of their Premier League title defence.
Jurgen Klopp’s males, who face RB Leipzig within the second leg of their final 16 tie on Wednesday, are favourites to progress after profitable the primary leg 2-0.
However there are main questions over their confidence following a run of six successive residence defeats within the Premier League.
Klopp’s aspect, high of the desk at Christmas, have slipped to eighth and look unlikely to complete within the high 4.
Wednesday’s Champions League “residence” tie, going down in Budapest as an alternative of at Anfield attributable to coronavirus journey restrictions, may present a helpful distraction.
However Dutch worldwide Wijnaldum stated the season would solely be saved if Liverpool have been topped European champions for a seventh time.
“In fact the Champions League can rescue this season however I believe lots of people solely say it’s rescued should you win the Champions League and everybody is aware of how tough it’s,” he stated.
“I believe there may be at all times stress once you play for a membership like Liverpool and you’ve got the outcomes that now we have had now. There will likely be a stress to bounce again and present we are able to do higher.
“We wish to do higher however now we have to point out it. It has hit us laborious. Positively, everybody can see it.”
Wijnaldum, who gained the 2019 Champions League with Liverpool, stated confidence had dipped.
“We have been used to profitable video games and profitable trophies and now it’s the reverse, the arrogance is lower than the earlier years however that’s as a result of it’s a completely completely different scenario we’re in proper now,” he stated.
“We really feel actually dangerous. The best way we cope with conditions throughout video games was actually dangerous.”
Wijnaldum is within the closing few months of his contract at Anfield, with no new deal firmed up.
The midfielder, 30, has lengthy been linked with Barcelona and a reunion along with his former nationwide staff boss Ronald Koeman.
“I’m actually completely happy on the membership, actually proud of the staff and the workers and actually proud of the followers for whom I play,” he stated.
“It isn’t that I’m not completely happy and I’ve to go away however it isn’t that simple as everybody thinks it’s to make some selections on your future.”
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