Wijnaldum insists Liverpool happy with result despite late Roma goals
The Anfield club allowed the Serie A side to peg them back to 5-2 having been five goals to the good.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they are happy with their 5-2 win over Roma despite failing to finish off the tie by conceding two late goals.
Cruising at 5-0 with nine minutes remaining, a trip to next month’s Champions League final in Kiev looked a certainty for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but lapses in concentration have offered their Serie A opponents a glimmer of hope for the second leg.
Last time out at the Stadio Olimpico Roma turned around a three-goal deficit to knock out Barcelona with the benefit of one away goal in the Nou Camp.
These are magical games at Anfield we will never forget. Let's make sure we won't lose focus like the last 10 minutes of this game so we can take that spot in the final. Thank you for the wonderful evening and the support. Safe trip home! #weareliverpool #YNWA @ChampionsLeague 🔴 pic.twitter.com/mkwBerIHWg— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) April 24, 2018
On the flip side Liverpool took a 3-0 lead to Manchester City, arguably Europe’s form team, and won 2-1 and Wijnaldum believes they have enough quality to finish things off next week.
“It’s a great result. Of course the last 10 minutes we didn’t do it well but if someone had said before the game ‘Would you be happy with a 5-2?’ everyone would have been happy with the result,” he said.
“We know we still have 90 minutes to go so we have to remain concentrated.
“We know we can score goals but we have to do it there and we must try not to concede because that will give them more confidence.
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“I think those two goals have given them much more encouragement because their last result against Barcelona was 4-1 and they scored three goals at home so that will give them confidence.
“We also know what happened there so we have to be aware that it doesn’t happen to us.
“But our last game against City was 3-0 and we were all satisfied and it is the same situation we are all in now.”
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Aside from the two away goals conceded the other blemish on a thrilling night was the loss of midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a serious knee ligament injury which has ended his season and scuppered his World Cup hopes with England.
With Emre Can (back) and Adam Lallana (hamstring) also sidelined it leaves Klopp with just three fit senior midfielders.
Having rested five players for the 2-2 draw at West Brom, Klopp has a dilemma ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stoke as Liverpool still need four points from their remaining three matches to effectively guarantee Champions League football next season.
It could offer a chance to Ben Woodburn or his fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho – in the squad for the first time as unused substitutes for the Merseyside derby – and Herbie Kane.
However, victory over the relegation-threatened Potters would leave them needing only a draw the following weekend at fifth-placed Chelsea, the only team who could benefit from them slipping up, to wrap things up.