Georginio Wijnaldum’s current mentality fits perfectly to the way Jurgen Klopp has demanded his players approach games this season.
The Dutchman’s plan is one far easier said than done but one that, if fulfilled, promises to secure Champions League football come the end of the season.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace, he told the Liverpool Echo: “We have to win these games. If you look at the other teams, they’re winning their games.”
“Manchester United beat Chelsea last week, so every game is important for us. Until the end of the season, we must collect as many points as possible, especially at home.”
“You have to win those games. You can put pressure on those teams because if you win your games, they have to win to compete with us.”
“I don’t think things will change because we just have to win the games, we have to look at ourselves. What other teams are doing is their problem, we must just make sure we win our games to finish as high as possible at the end of the season.”
The message is clear- keep winning. A victory at home to Palace would be a significant statement to Liverpool’s fellow top four contenders and yet another great result to help set the team up for a strong finish.
Champions League football poses as the lucrative reward for five more big performances from Wijnaldum and his teammates and the former Newcastle man is seemingly desperate to see it through until the end.
Wijnaldum has evolved into an influential figure under Jurgen Klopp, being dubbed as the team’s link between defence and attack and proving key during Jordan’s Henderson’s absence. If Reds weren’t convinced that he had already justified his £25million price tag, they certainly will be if he can help bring European football back to Anfield.
Focusing on one game at a time saw Liverpool enjoy a flying start to the Premier League campaign. Let’s hope it can have the same impact over the final few weeks.