Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum had some strong words for his teammates before the game against Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool came into Wednesday’s table-topping clash against Spurs following a fortunate draw against Fulham. The reigning champs started poorly, conceding multiple chances to Fulham in a one-sided first half.
As such, Wijnaldum reminded his teammates of their need to improve on that front against Spurs. A win for either side in the game meant a chance to top the league, and both teams appeared eager to grab the spoils during the encounter.
The Reds got off on the right foot as Mohammed Salah grabbed the lead in the 26th minute, but their joy was short-lived as Spurs forward Son Heung-Min finished off a scintillating counter to level the scores at 1-1 just seven minutes later.
As the clock bled into extra time, Roberto Firmino got on the end of a fabulous cross to score the winning goal for Klopp’s side.
Klopp later explained how Gini’s encouraging words weren’t put to waste.
“I think it was Gini in the dressing room before the Tottenham game [saying], ‘Don’t let us waste the first half again!’ he was shouting,” said the German
“We should have shouted that again before we came out of the dressing room at half-time because we wasted the 10-15 minutes then.
“Obviously, it was a different game, but it makes complete sense. But if you don’t have the perfect start, which is completely normal because it can happen, then you have to restart in the next minute, not after half-time.
“We have space for improvement, it’s incredible, but the boys played a pretty good game in the last game, it was a really difficult game. Now they feel good in this moment, and we try to use that.”