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Wijnaldum: We Can Build And Be Better Than Last Season

Dutch Midfielder confident on eve of season

Liverpool v Man City - FA Community Shield Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The Community Shield match didn’t necessarily end the way that Georginio Wijnaldum would’ve hoped, seeing as his missed penalty was the difference in the shootout that saw Manchester City win 5-4. But, Wijnaldum isn’t letting that dampen his mood ahead of the season opener.

”I think it’s like that every season.” Gini told LiverpoolFC.com, ”You just have to collect as much points as possible, especially in the beginning, and try to build a team who will be even better at the end of the season. It was, of course, difficult to prepare a team because not all of the players were back at pre-season.”

”That’s the situation we had to deal with and maybe next season will be the same, so we just made the best of it. Now everyone is back, we can build and try and do even better than last season. Basically it starts now because now we have the whole team together.But the Premier League and all those other games don’t wait until you have your squad together, so we have to perform.”

”We are really excited. We had a good pre-season, it was really hard and tough but we are looking forward to the Premier League.” Wijnaldum continued. “I am expecting a really tough game, If I’m honest, I expect that from every opponent because everyone wants to win against Liverpool now because of the success we had last season.

”So if we are not at 100 per cent and don’t give everything that we have, it will be even harder than it used to be. What we have to do is just work hard and try to perform.”