Wijnaldum: We can compete for the title

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Georginio Wijnaldum hugs Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Premier League at Anfield.
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Gini Wijnaldum is confident that Liverpool’s current squad can compete for the Premier League title and eventually end the club’s long wait for the trophy. 

Gini Wijnaldum is certainly feeling confident ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The ever happy midfielder believes that the Reds can challenge for the Premier League title this coming season and is confident in the abilities of Jürgen Klopp’s current squad.

“I won’t say that we can immediately win the title, but I think we have a squad who can compete for the title,” Wijnaldum told the ECHO.

“I’m confident that we will not make the same mistakes like last season. I have the trust and confidence. Last season we started well, but in January and February we had a lot of bad results and that’s why we didn’t play in the competition for the title.”

“I think we have a good base and we need to keep the things that went well.”

Five out of Liverpool’s six defeats in the Premier League last season came to bottom half opposition but Wijnaldum is confident that they will have a plan-B this season to cope with teams who deploy a low block/counter attacking approach.

“We must read the games better,” he explained. “You don’t always have to win beautiful. I think Chelsea is a good example.

“Last season they were the best team. They knew what they had to do. That’s what we needed to do. Against the top seven or eight we didn’t lose a game. I think the games against the lower teams will be bigger now and I think that will it will be different this season. In the past we didn’t win those kinds of games.”

“A lot of people said that when a team parks the bus, we don’t have a lot of solutions. If you have confidence then you will find solutions, even if a team drops really deep. I think we have the players who can still find a way but we have to show it.

“Last season we did it wrong against the lower teams. We didn’t perform well. When we’re going to play against a team that is not high in the ranking we are going to use the things we did last season as a motivation.”

The first test of Liverpool’s resolve against physical, defensive sides will come on the opening day of the Premier League this coming season with a trip to Vicarage Road looming large.

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