Wijnaldum aware of Roma quality


Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said that the squad “are aware of their quality” ahead of Roma game.

The Dutchman was part of the side which won the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie with the Italian club last week – but he is not expecting it to be a roll over on Wednesday evening.

“After the game, of course people were disappointed because we conceded two goals, but we won 5-2, so were happ.” he said.

“As the manager said, if we’d been told before that we’d get a 5-2 win over Roma, we’d be happy.

“I think we dominated the game, were the better team and deserved the victory.

“We don’t have one foot in the final, you can only go with two feet in the final.

“Strange things happened before in the Champions League, Roma already showed they can turn things around against Barcelona and we already showed we can control a lead against Manchester City.

“We have two teams who have confidence, one of turning things around, one of keeping the lead.

“It’s going to be an interesting game. We are not scared, but we are aware of their quality.” he added.

Wijnaldum wants the 5,000 Liverpool fans in attendance to make themselves known by singing and supporting the team “as loud as you can” during the game.

“Sing as much as you can, as loud as you can and support us. It’s good that they travelled to Rome to support us, I hope they will sing loud.” he said.

Wijnaldum also spoke about the attack on Liverpool fan Sean Cox outside Anfield ahead of kick-off last week, which saw two Italians arrested and charged.

“To be fair, we didn’t know what had happened until the day after. Of course, it’s not a nice feeling to know someone has been injured.” he said.

“We were devastated, but you have to think about so much more than that and we have to go on.

“Of course, we felt it, as it’s a game and everyone has to enjoy it. Everyone has to be safe and it’s not a good thing that this happened.

“It’s not good to use those things to motivate you, as in a Champions League semi-final we are already motivated.

2It’d mean a lot for the supporters, for the club and the team.” he continued.

Wijnaldum came up against international colleague Kevin Strootman during the first leg – but it looks like his compatriot will sit out the second leg through injury.

“We spoke after the game, about the game.” he said.

“I haven’t spoken to him since then, though. Salah said it was going to be difficult, that’s all he said.

“We should have confidence in our style of playing, but he said it’ll be difficult as they have really good supporters and after Barcelona, everyone believes they can get a result here and will give 100%.” he finished.

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