Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool FC’s 1-0 win underlines change under Jurgen Klopp

Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool FC's 1-0 win at Sheffield United highlights their progress under Jurgen Klopp

Georginio Wijnaldum (Photo: The Sport Review)
Georginio Wijnaldum (Photo: The Sport Review)

Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool FC’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield United highlighted the improvements the Reds squad have made under Jurgen Klopp.

The Merseyside outfit had to dig deep to etch out a 1-0 win against promoted side Sheffield United at Brammall Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool FC forward Sadio Mane missed two clear chances in the first half to leave the scoreline level at the break in a tight Premier League clash.

Wijnaldum finally ended Sheffield United’s resistance in the 70th minute when his shot squeezed between the legs of goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The Netherlands international’s winner had a touch of good fortunate about it but the goal was sufficient to secure a seventh successive league win to continue Liverpool FC’s fine start to the season.

Liverpool FC have won 16 top-flight games in a row to build considerable momentum in the Premier League title race with Manchester City.

Wijnaldum believes that the Liverpool FC side of a couple of seasons ago probably would have dropped points at Sheffield United.

“In the beginning of the season it’s good if you collect as many points as possible because normally during the season you progress – so hopefully we’re not at our best now but at the end of the season we will be,” Wijnaldum told BT Sport.

“That’s why it’s really good if you collect a lot of points right now – and that’s what we’re doing.

“We didn’t start the game well. The manager showed us back what we did in the first half; we slowed the game down too much and that’s why they could stop our attacks. It was difficult.

“In the second half we tried to do it better but even then it was not the best game we had. But another win, that’s the most important thing.

“A few years ago we were struggling to win games like this. This season – and last season also – it’s going quite well.”

Liverpool FC will welcome Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title but have finished in second place in 2002, 2009, 2014 and 2018.

Liverpool FC won the Champions League title last term.

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