WENGER: BRIT PAIR ARE CLUB’S FUTURE
THIS time last year Georginio Wijnaldum was fighting a losing battle against relegation at Newcastle and admits he was “devastated” as he stared into a bleak future.
Now the Dutchman is born again after a £23million move to Liverpool last summer, with a Champions League spot beckoning under the leadership of boss Jurgen Klopp.
And Georginio (above) just loves it. The 26-year-old said: “When I was at PSV we were league champions and then I went to Newcastle with good intentions of finishing 10th, ninth or even eighth.
“I spoke to the manager Steve McClaren and they wanted to try something new, bringing in players to create a new team.
“But as soon as you don’t win games, confidence goes and you are basically only fighting to survive. You forget how to enjoy football.
“Of course this season we also had a period when we were not that good. January to February was not good for us but now I enjoy football more.”
There is still the added pressure of trying to bring the old glory times back to Anfield but Wijnaldum takes that in his stride.
He said: “The pressure I put on myself is more to enjoy it than to win games.
“The pressure is part of football, especially when you play for a club as big as Liverpool.
“Expectations are really high and everyone expects a lot of you.
“There are a lot of players who would want the same kind of pressure – playing for a big club or being a good footballer.”