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Wijnaldum Urges Team to Forget Past European Glory and Look Forward

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The Reds prepare for their first home Champions League match of the competition.

Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

Comeback-shmumback. As Liverpool’s group stage clash with RB Salzburg approaches, Wijnaldum advises everyone to forget about the heroics that occurred against Barcelona the last time a Champions League game took place at Anfield.

Wijnaldum himself scored two of the four pivotal goals that propelled Liverpool past the Spanish powerhouse and into the Champions League final.

But that was then. That campaign has already been won, and Liverpool are looking to jump start this new one. Their first match last week ended in a disappointing loss in Naples, which wasn’t yet a fatal blow to their chances of progressing, but may be if they don’t get a good result on Wednesday.

And so Gini says they need to forget past glories and focus on this new challenge.

“What happened in the past is always in the past. We created great memories for ourselves but it is not something we should think about,” the Dutch midfielder admonished.

”Of course it gives us confidence if you are in a situation like that but it is a totally different Champions League campaign: different games, different situations, different teams.

”We just have to make sure we are ready and not think about last season. That is a great memory but we have to look forward to making it even greater and reach the final again. Not looking back but looking forward.”

While their European dreams have gotten off to a rocky start, the team has been perfect in the league so far, bagging all 21 out of 21 possible points from their first seven games. If they can bring that kind of form into this match, especially at home, then it should be enough to get them the victory they need.