Georginio Wijnaldum reveals extent of his illness before Liverpool victory

Georginio Wijnaldum reveals extent of his illness before Liverpool victory

"We wanted a clean sheet and we wanted to get some goals and it could have been a lot more than 3-0".

Liverpool are fighting for the Premier League title along with Manchester City, who returned to the top of the league with a 6-0 drubbing of Chelsea on Sunday. Fabinho felt [something] a little bit; it will not be a problem, but there was no reason for him to be out today. From Liverpool, you would have to put Virgil van Dijk in there, I think he has been vast. I didn't train on Friday and I didn't sleep at the hotel either because they thought I might infect other players. "At half-time I thought: "Oh no" but I ran inside and managed to control it!"

City, Liverpool and Spurs highlighted that fact over the weekend with home victories by at least two-goal margins over Chelsea, Bournemouth and Leicester respectively. That's compared to the Premier league leaders' average of 2.4 points per game, showing how much more competitive the Championship is, compared to the top-flight.

"We had two draws in a row and that didn't feel that good", said Wijnaldum.

"But if we had been told that at the beginning [of the season] you will have this kind of points [65] everyone would have taken it".

'We're looking to put that right, when we're very good we can beat anybody'. It is hard [competing with City] but we already knew from the beginning that it would be hard.

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"You can see the improvement".

"I remember those first years going for titles and the weight of expectation and thinking "we have to try to get over the line" and you carry it with you every minute of every day".

Wijnaldum, who cost Liverpool a reported £22 million ($28 million) when he signed from Newcastle in 2016, is optimistic they can cope with competing on two fronts. If City are going to win back-to-back titles I think they can look towards the last month and think about his influence, he has been outstanding. "That's what we have to do, the lads behind them - give them a solid base and give them plenty of the ball and let them go and express themselves".

Championship football has often been referred to as the breeding ground for young English talent, with Premier League sides sending their best prodigies away from the big time in return for some first-team minutes at lesser clubs.

"You never know but a lot of times it goes well".

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