Georginio Wijnaldum sends message to Jurgen Klopp about new Liverpool FC position
The Liverpool FC midfielder admits he feels uncomfortable playing at centre-half despite Saturday's 5-1 win at Brighton
Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted that he found it difficult playing as a makeshift centre-half in Liverpool FC’s 5-1 win at Brighton on Saturday.
Liverpool FC manager was forced to use Emre Can and Wijnaldum at centre-half alongside Dejan Lovren in a back three for the trip to the coast.
While Can has been used in a defensive role during his spell under Brendan Rodgers, Wijnaldum has been utilised as a midfield throughout his Anfield career.
However, the Netherlands international managed to acquit himself well despite some nervous moments for the Liverpool FC defence in a resounding win.
Brighton striker Glen Murray missed a great chance to make it 2-1 before the powerful centre-forward finally scored from the penalty spot to peg Liverpool FC back to 3-1.
Klopp is facing a defensive headache ahead of the Merseyside derby at Anfield next weekend where a resurgent Everton under Sam Allardyce will make the short trip across Stanley Park.
And the Liverpool FC boss should perhaps take note of Wijnaldum’s discomfort playing at centre-half ahead of the derby clash.
“It was difficult because I’ve never played there so it was new for me,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s website.
“You could see in the first half that it was really difficult for me to play there, but in the second half it went better and the players next to me helped me a lot.
“The manager was running out of options [in defence]. We had a few injuries with Joel Matip injured, Ragnar Klavan sick, Joe Gomez sick, so that’s why we had to play two central midfielders there.”
Liverpool FC managed to hoist themselves into the Premier League’s top four thanks to their 5-1 win at Brighton on Saturday evening.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title.