Wijnaldum shares what Klopp said to Liverpool's players in dressing room at half-time last night

Sam Preston March 1, 2021
Wijnaldum shares what Klopp said to Liverpool's players in dressing room at half-time last night
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Gini Wijnaldum has revealed to Liverpool’s official website that Jurgen Klopp told his side to keep the ball better at the half-time break yesterday against Sheffield United.

Liverpool went in at half-time drawing 0-0, with their first half dominance going unrewarded thanks to a strong performance from Aaron Ramsdale.

However, Klopp was keen to ensure that his men did not take their foot off the gas or lose patience.

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The German’s comments clearly had the desired effect, as a Curtis Jones strike and a Kean Bryan own goal sealed a 2-0 win.

It might have been easy for Liverpool to lose confidence after a frustrating first half given their recent poor run of league form.

And Wijnaldum responded when asked what Klopp said at half-time: “He just said we had to do what we had done in the first half.

“We have to keep the ball more and then they will get more tired, and if we play like we did in the first half then more chances will come.

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“That’s what we did and I have to say it was also good that we scored two minutes into the second half, so that gave a big boost to the team also.”

Liverpool had to be patient and bide their time but they eventually got the win their performance deserved on a crucial night.

The Reds had to win last night against the Premier League’s bottom club and now face another crucial game in midweek at home to Chelsea.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.