English Premiership

Klopp happy with Wijnaldum despite struggles

2016-09-30 21:00
Georginio Wijnaldum (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp says he is satisfied with Georginio Wijnaldum despite the midfielder admitting that he is finding it "difficult" adjusting to his new position at Liverpool.

The Dutch international was used to playing in a more forward role for Newcastle United last season - where he scored 11 Premier League goals last season - but he has played a lot deeper under Klopp at Anfield this term.

Wijnaldum admits that it has been hard to "look more at the other players" instead of charging forward whenever he wants.

“It depends on what the other players are doing,” he said on Wednesday. “You have to look at the other players. For example, if Lallana goes forward and Henderson also goes, I have to stay.

“Sometimes I have to get used to it because, normally, I’m the one who goes all the time. Now, I have to also look at the other players.

“That’s the thing that has changed the most in my way of football — that I have to look more at the other players.

“It is difficult and it still is. In the teams where I played before, I was the one who was running all the time to make a goal and I came into more positions to make goals.”

Klopp was full of praise for the 25-year-old ahead of their next Premier League match against Swansea on Saturday.

“He is a creative midfield player,” he said. “He can play different positions, that’s how it is," said the German coach.

“When he was younger he played different positions. We want to see that too, and it’s what we saw until now.

“At this moment it’s very positive.”

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