Gini Wijnaldum reveals what Jurgen Klopp said before Man City

Gini Wijnaldum after Man City

Jan Aage Fjortoft spoke to Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum on Tuesday night after Liverpool beat Man City in the Champions League.

Liverpool went into the game with a 3-nil lead from the leg at Anfield.

But Gabriel Jesus gave City hope as he broke the deadlock at the Etihad after two minutes.

City controlled the first half, however they failed to add to the scoreline.

Leroy Sane was unlikely to have a chalk incorrectly chalked off for offside.

And City were punished for that in the second period as Liverpool turned the game. Mo Salah levelled before Roberto Firmino scored what proved to be the winner.

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What Jurgen Klopp said before Man City

Fjortoft asked Wijnaldum when Jurgen Klopp said to the squad before kick-off.

Wijnaldum told the former Boro and Swindon striker:

(Klopp said) we have to stay easy, have to play football. He said we can’t play hectic and (can’t) play long balls only.

He was quite easy and confident to be fair.

The comment about Liverpool play long ball football stood out.

Few would label the Reds a direct team. Instead they’ve often been dubbed a counter-attacking side lead by their fabulous front-three, who force their opponents into mistake through their high press.

Yet in the build up to the City game, Fernandinho labelled the Reds a long ball team. The Brazilian said:

We played them 3 times this season. We beat them 5-0 at home. They are a team who like to play long balls.

Also see: ‘Liverpool weren’t happy after Man City’ – Dejan Lovren.

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