Georginio Wijnaldum Enjoying Pressure Of Being Top Of The League
Posted by Bryan | Published on November 19, 2016
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool traveled to St Mary’s today in a buoyant mood and with one clear objective in mind: retaining their spot at the top of the league. The Reds were looking to pick up from where they left off before the international break, where their 6-1 dismantling of Watford sent them clear at the top and sparked a fury of debate over their title credentials. After 90 minutes, the team’s could not be separated, despite Roberto Firmino having a glorious chance to put Liverpool in the lead, they left with a point which sees them remain top of the table
While title talk at such an early stage in the season can prove to be an extra layer of unnecessary pressure for the players, Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum has welcomed the pressure, saying that it gives him “a good feeling” while drawing a comparison to his time at former club PSV.
Speaking to LFC Xtra and according to the official club website, Wijnaldum said, “It’s quite similar. At PSV, I was playing for a team that has to be champions every year. That means there is a lot of pressure, but I like that pressure because it’s a pressure that you have to perform well every weekend. And that gives me a good feeling.”
“If there is no pressure it means that you play in a team who people think can lose. Especially now, everyone expects us to win. I like the pressure.”
Liverpool’s No.5 has seen a sharp reversal of fortunes in his two seasons in English football’s top flight so far, just earlier this year he was part of a struggling Newcastle United side that went down despite a late upturn in form following the high profile appointment of Rafa Bentiez. Fast forward a few months and the Dutchman is now part of a team that is flying high and full of confidence, with Winjaldum himself having opened his scoring account for his new club when he added the sixth in the 6-1 demolition of Watford.
“The difference between the feeling you have when you’re in the bottom three or at the top of the league is huge,” added Liverpool’s No.5.
“When you’re at the bottom of the league it means you are losing a lot of games. And when you lose a lot of games as a football player you don’t feel good, because you want to win games to feel good and have confidence.”
“That was the problem we had last year – we were losing too many games and the confidence went away. It’s difficult to play and enjoy football, because every time you lose you lose confidence and the joy of football.”
“Now we are winning almost every game. We have a good team and we are at the top of the table. That’s the big difference between last season and this season.”
“But we still have a long way to go until the end of the season, so we must make sure that it stays like this, because everything can change.”