Liverpool signing relishing title pressure under Jurgen Klopp
Georginio Wijnaldum addresses the increased expectations playing for title contenders Liverpool
Georginio Wijnaldum insists he is relishing the pressure of playing for Liverpool.
The Netherlands international moved to the Merseyside outfit in a £25m move from Championship side Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.
Wijnaldum was the second-most expensive signing of Klopp’s summer business after he scored 11 times in 37 Premier League games last term.
The former PSV Eindhoven man was unable to help Newcastle avoid relegation to England’s second tier in his first Premier League campaign.
The Dutch midfielder scored his first Liverpool goal in a 6-1 win against Watford at Anfield in their last Premier League game before the international break.
And Wijnaldum discussed the difference in expectations after swapping relegated Newcastle for title contenders Liverpool.
“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,” Wijnaldum told LFC extra as quoted by The Liverpool Echo.
“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.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season after Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor back in October.
The Merseyside club reached two cup finals under the former Borussia Dortmund boss but Liverpool lost to Manchester City and Sevilla.