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Wijnaldum: “Everyone Wants To Stop Us”

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The Liverpool midfielder talks about why it’s hard being on top.

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It’s now been a run of ten games in all competitions where Liverpool has remained unbeaten. They haven’t tasted defeat since that frustrating loss to Burnley back on August 20th. This dominance has earned the team a spot in the quarterfinals of the league cup as well as a place at the top of the table, for the time being.

But when you’re one of the in-form teams in the league, new Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum argues, it gives others even more motivation to play their best against you and beat the narrative.

In an interview with the official website, Wijnaldum says of Liverpool’s trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday night, “It’s going to be hard. We’re a team in a good situation, we have played good games and won games, so everyone wants to stop that and wants to stop us playing football and counter-pressing and all the stuff we’re good at. So it’s going to be difficult. We’ll see how it’s going to go.”

One player who will be eager to get in on the action for Crystal Palace is former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, who moved to London this past summer and has been doing well with his new club. Regarding the threat of Benteke, Wijnaldum, who played against the big Belgian while he was at Newcastle, acknowledged that the Reds will have a tough task keeping him at bay.

“It’s not that easy to stop Christian because he’s a good player, he’s strong and he can score goals,” Wijnaldum said. “So it’s not easy to stop him. But we’re lucky that we know what kind of player he is. We must do everything to stop him making goals and we must do it together, because it’s really difficult to stop Christian.

“He will be 200 per cent motivated to score against his old team, so that makes it even harder to stop him. But if we do it as a team, it will be harder for him to score goals.”

In only a handful of games, Wijnaldum has proved himself to be an important cog in Klopp’s system, playing alongside captain Jordan Henderson to help anchor the midfield. His presence has been enough to keep former nailed on starter Emre Can watching from the bench. With any luck, his good run will continue when Liverpool play a tough match at Selhurst Park.

A win keeps Liverpool joint top of the table, with the chance to overtake Manchester City, depending on how well Pep Guardiola’s men do in their match against West Brom.