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Pool have to be more ruthless to challenge for title: Wijnaldum

 

By Carl Markham

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits they will not be title contenders until they learn how to kill off matches.

The Reds ended Manchester City's unbeaten start to the Premier League with a 4-3 win, City's first loss since April, a run of 30 matches.

However, having been 4-1 up with seven minutes to go, Liverpool conceded twice and faced an unnecessarily nervous finish.

Wijnaldum accepts that, had the situation been reversed, Pep Guardiola's runaway league leaders would have left no room for doubt, and that is why they are way ahead of second-placed Manchester United and Liverpool, who currently sit third.

"That's the reality, and you have to accept it. They did it much better in some games," said Wijnaldum. "There were some difficult games for them but they still scored and killed the game.

"That is something we didn't do. We still gave them a chance. That is the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City.

"I don't want to say the difference is not big because they show it every game, and even in the games they did not play very well they won. So that is the step we have to make to compete for the title.

"The first game (of the season) against Watford we played well and conceded at the end of the game (to draw 3-3).

"Burnley (1-1) at home we created chances and did not score often. At home we have had games we did not score - you have around six points there already.

"We gave a lot of points away that we could have collected."

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