Jurgen Klopp’s half time message to Georginio Wijnaldum proved to be the deciding factor in Liverpool drawing level after the break.
In a way, it was a message that promises to remain relevant for the rest of the season and for the rest of Wijnaldum’s time at Anfield.
The Dutchman revealed exactly what Klopp said to him during the interval and how this was key in him equalising for the Reds.
“At half-time the manager told me I must get into the box more. Emre [Can] was in the box a few times and he said I wasn’t in the box even one time,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“He said I must get into the box to create a chance – and that’s what I did in the second half. It was an early cross, Millie put it back and I was in the right place to make the header.”
‘Get in the box’ is an order we are sure all Liverpool supporters will have bellowed on more than one occasion this season. It’s amazing what happens when the players get themselves close to the opposition goal.
The instruction was simple enough and one that showcased what Wijnaldum can offer this team. His run from midfield was timed perfectly, it offered another body in the penalty area and it gave Chelsea another attacking threat to try and deal with.
His insistence on playing on the half turn recognises his attacking instincts and his constant forward thinking which is why we wasn’t surprised by his goal last night. That was what the club paid £25million for- a creative goal scoring midfielder.
Keep getting yourself in that box, Gini.