Wijnaldum pleased with derby display


Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has expressed his satisfaction with his performance in the derby this weekend.

The Holland international was deployed in an unfamiliar role in midfield as he played the deepest position of the three in the centre of the park.

It is likely that he will be required to cover the position on Tuesday evening against Manchester City in the absence of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can – and he looked comfortable at Goodison Park.

“Sometimes you have those kinds of days.” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was a good day and everything went well but I’ve also had a few games where it didn’t work, so I just tried to enjoy it.

“The manager told me the team needed me as a footballer and that’s what I tried to do.

“It was a different position, but I can play there and I think it went well.” he continued.

The former Newcastle United man was also happy to take a point away from what he described as a “tough” encounter with Everton.

“I think it was tough in the beginning, the first couple of minutes, because they were pressing, everything you might expect.” he said.

“But after that I thought we were the better team, we controlled the game with quick passes and we created a few chances.

“That’s how we continued in the second half but as soon as we stopped playing football they were the better team, they created a few chances from crosses and they were really dangerous.

“We almost lost the game and in the end we have to be really happy that we didn’t lose the game.” he finished.

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