Wijnaldum shares thoughts on Liverpool clash against Man City
By Matt Farr
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is confident that his side can extend their 22-game unbeaten home record at Manchester City’s expense.
The Reds have not lost at Anfield since the a 1-0 Carling Cup semi-final defeat to Stoke on January 26, a game which they later went on to win on penalties.
It is also their best run of form at home since Rafa Benitez’s side went unbeaten between February 2008 and March 2009 – a stretch of 32 games.
The Merseyside outfit have also lost just once in their last 10 league games, and sit second in the Premier League, six points behind leaders Chelsea.
In light of their remarkable home form, Wijnaldum has labelled Anfield as a ‘fortress’, and challenged Manchester City, their next Premier League opponents, to stop them in their tracks.
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He told the Express: “Anfield is a fortress again. Every team has more confidence when they play at home, but the way we are playing and the way we are scoring goals in the home games, it will scare opponents.
“This will be a good test because we are two teams that want to attack and score goals, so it’s going to be a good game, an interesting game.
“The win [against Stoke] will give us more confidence but they also won so they also have confidence. It’s going to be a difficult game.”
While Liverpool will be keen to maintain their impressive home record, the match is also significant in the outcome of the title race.
Liverpool are only one point clear of City, and a defeat could see them drop to third. That would also open the door for fourth-placed Arsenal to draw level on points, if they beat Crystal Palace.
It is also vital for Jurgen Klopp’s side to stay in touch with Chelsea at the top of the table, as a 12th straight victory for the Blues would put them nine points clear and cruising.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp is closing in on the signing of a £20million-plus England international.