Monday 23 September 2019

We're not invincible - Liverpool star Wijnaldum staying grounded ahead of Man United clash

Mark Critchley

Georginio Wijnaldum has told Manchester United that any team can have a bad season as Liverpool prepare to welcome Jose Mourinho's side to Anfield on Sunday.

Having beaten Napoli to progress to the Champions League knock-out stages on Tuesday night, the high-profile games continue to come thick and fast for Liverpool.

Sixth-placed United visit the Premier League leaders on Sunday, while dates with Arsenal and Manchester City are scheduled in the weeks to come.

United currently sit 16 points off the top of the table and Mourinho is now merely targeting a top-four place, despite finishing as runners-up last season.

Even so, Wijnaldum is not underestimating United and remembers how, on his arrival at Anfield in the summer of 2016, Liverpool had just endured a difficult campaign.

"Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season," the midfielder said.

"I think the year before I came Liverpool finished eighth so those things can happen. That does not mean they are not a good team with good players.

"Last season with the same players they finished second. One season goes well, one season a little bit more difficult. It doesn't mean they have a bad team: they have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games - or not to lose games. It is going to be difficult."

Ahead of United's visit, Wijnaldum and his team-mates will take confidence from safely progressing to the Champions League last 16 by claiming the 1-0 win against Napoli that they required.

Liverpool are the only side in the top seven divisions of English football to remain unbeaten, but even losing all three of their Champions League away trips did not prevent them from qualifying from Group C.

Wijanldum, however, insists that he and his team-mates are remaining grounded and by no means consider themselves unbeatable on domestic soil.

"Invincible? No, not really. We know we have to do a lot to not lose games and even more to win it," he said. (© Independent News Service)

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