Liverpool midfielder admits he was clueless during clash v Brighton
Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that he had no idea what he was doing in the first-half against Brighton after being played in defence for the first time.
The 27-year-old spoke with Sky Sports, after the Reds’ 5-1 victory against Brighton, and shared how he believed he coped in the game despite playing out of position.
“The manager was running out of options and he picked me and Emre,” said Wijnaldum.
“It was really hard in the first half because I didn’t know what to do every time.”
The Dutch midfielder went on to say that it was particularly “difficult” for him compared to Can who also was part of the make-shift defence because the German midfielder had played there before.
Wijanldum confessed that he had “never” been a defender and that he had no clue about when you needed to “close spaces” in order to successfully thwart your opponent’s attacks.
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Despite Liverpool having to play two of their midfielders in defence, the Seagulls were only able to score from the penalty spot.
Glen Murray got the consolation goal after Jordan Henderson fouled Shane Duffy in the box, in the 51st minute.
The Reds were without Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan was only fit enough to start from the bench.
Liverpool will be hoping their defenders recover quickly, as Klopp’s side have an important game on Wednesday against Spartak Moscow.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp explained his bizarre line-up for the Brighton game.