The top of the Premier League table has been occupied by the high flying Liverpool, and they would be looking forward to maintain that spot on Saturday, when they face Southampton in an important Premier League outing.
Just before the fixture, however, the Reds have got a couple of huge blows. Arguably the best Premier League midfielder of this season, Philippe Coutinho, may not feature against the Saints while former Southampton man Adam Lallana is sure to sit out of this crucial game. Both of them picked up knocks ahead of the match and Jurgen Klopp is going to utilize his backup plans to emerge victorious yet again.
And that is where Georginio Wijnaldum comes into the picture. The former Newcastle star has been a valuable addition to the Liverpool squad this season and the boss will rely on his excellence in the absence of Lallana.
Wijnaldum is expected to play in the central midfield in Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation and undoubtedly, he would have to perform under immense pressure, especially since the team are winning everything at the moment and are at the top.
The midfielder, however, sounded surprisingly relaxed and determined as he talked to LFC Extra before Saturday’s blockbuster. He said, “If there is no pressure it means that you play in a team who people think can lose. Especially now, everyone expects us to win. I like the pressure.”
Wijnaldum also told that there is a huge difference between the feelings being in the bottom three or at the top of the league, “When you’re at the bottom of the league it means you are losing a lot of games. And when you lose a lot of games as a football player you don’t feel good, because you want to win games to feel good and have confidence.”
At this point, the Dutchman compared the situations at Liverpool and at his former club, “At PSV, I was playing for a team that has to be champions every year. That means there is a lot of pressure, but I like that pressure because it’s a pressure that you have to perform well every weekend. And that gives me a good feeling.”
It would be extremely interesting to see how the player handles the pressure against Southampton, but Liverpool’s new recruit sounded real confident yet cautious as he signed off, “Now we are winning almost every game. We have a good team and we are at the top of the table. That’s the big difference between last season and this season. But we still have a long way to go until the end of the season, so we must make sure that it stays like this, because everything can change.”
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