Georginio Wijnaldum reveals what Jurgen Klopp said at half-time to inspire Liverpool win against Sheffield United
The Reds started the game on the back of a horrible run with 4 losses in their last 4 league games. Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips started in the defence against a Blades side who were rock bottom of the league.
Wijnaldum was handed the captain’s armband at kick-off as Jordan Henderson missed the game due to an injury. And the nerves started to kick in by the end of the first 45 minutes as the score remained at 0-0.
But the Dutch midfielder said that Klopp asked the team to remain patient and repeat what they had done in the first half. The Reds created some big chances but the attack was wasteful.
“We have to keep the ball more and then they will get more tired, and if we play like we did in the first half then more chances will come.”
An inspired performance
And that is what Wijnaldum says the players did. It worked, as Curtis Jones finished from inside the box to make the score 1-0 after just 2 minutes into the second half.
“That’s what we did and I have to say it was also good that we scored two minutes into the second half, so that gave a big boost to the team also.”
The Reds extended their lead in the 68th minute when Roberto Firmino’s quick feet opened up space for him to shoot. The shot was deflected into Sheffield United’s own net by Kean Bryan, with the goal being given as an own-goal.
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The match ended with that scoreline and the Reds moved within 1 point of Chelsea. The Blues sit in 5th position before their clash with The Reds on Thursday night.