Why I played Wijnaldum as ‘top striker’ against Barcelona – Klopp 1

Why I played Wijnaldum as ‘top striker’ against Barcelona – Klopp

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Why I played Wijnaldum as ‘top striker’ against Barcelona – Klopp 2

 

 

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has explained why he played midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum, as a top striker during his side’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

A goal from Luis Suarez and a brace from Lionel Messi gave Ernesto Valverde’s men all three points against the Reds.

“It was for different reasons and he needed 30 or 35 minutes to adapt really to it, but then he did brilliantly and the second half was really good.

“We needed this kind of player, an offensive player who is quite good in defending as well, because we cannot ignore the quality of Barcelona obviously. But we needed a player between the lines who is good enough to keep the ball and pass the ball.

“In a game like this, in a really small space, in a completely new position for him, he played it in Holland and he played offensive wing at Newcastle, so he knew about it. He is the player to do it.

“As a football player you have to be educated in a lot of things and he has this education. So it helped, it was really good.”

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