Georginio Wijnaldum feels Liverpool can be serious title contenders next season and draws on Leicester City as encouragement.
Liverpool signed Wijnaldum for a fee of £25 million from Newcastle and the Dutchman feels his new club are in a good position to challenge for the Premier League trophy next season. Imagine what a transfer that would be: from relegation to league champion in the space of one season. Crazier things have happened.
“Of course we can be serious challengers. If you play for a club as big as Liverpool you always have to be trying to win trophies – that always has to be the aim.”
I’m not sure Roy Hodgson knew this but that’s neither here nor there.
“You’re never going to be happy with eighth or ninth here. You have to go for titles.
“That’s the dream for me to help Liverpool create more history and I will do everything I can for that.
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“If Leicester can do it then why can’t we? It’s all about the team – that makes a champion, not a signing.”
It’s always pleasing to hear players speak of their desire and belief to win silverware but Wijnaldum isn’t likely to sit back and let others do his work for him – he is gearing up and has set himself a target ahead of his debut Liverpool season.
“I think a player with my quality has to get at least 10 goals a season.”
“Sometimes you reach more, sometimes less. Last season I got 11. But because I create so many chances I have to score at least 10 – that’s the pressure I put on myself.”
Confident lad. I like it.