Georginio Wijnaldum reveals extent of his illness before Liverpool victory

Georginio Wijnaldum reveals extent of his illness before Liverpool victory

"Liverpool still play fantastic football, probably not as eye-catching and blistering and goals galore as Manchester City do".

Liverpool may be level pegging on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, but Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has admitted it will be a "real struggle" for them to lift the title in May. "It was a tablet that could induce stomach pains", said Wijnaldum, was named man of the match. Three goals and a clean sheet makes it even better. "I thought that worked quite well for the opening period of the game". It was good that we could bring him on and could see immediately what a fantastic player he is", and added "Today was a day where the boys could really show that we can play a little bit of football.

"I think that really they deserved the win, they actually battered Chelsea". In the morning I was still weak and had diarrhoea I must say the tablets helped a lot.

"I think that City dominated the game", Kluivert continued.

Wijnaldum acknowledges the frustration felt by those draws with Leicester and West Ham but also urged some perspective, with the club still well in contention for their first title since 1990. That's compared to the Premier league leaders' average of 2.4 points per game, showing how much more competitive the Championship is, compared to the top-flight. You could see at the beginning of the season we have improved. It is hard [competing with City] but we already knew from the beginning that it would be hard.

Well, sprung from bathroom to dressing room, on just two hours' sleep, Wijnaldum was sensational - all sparky passing and line-breaking movement, the catalyst to getting a flat midfield going again.

Wijnaldum, who cost Liverpool a reported £22 million ($28 million) when he signed from Newcastle in 2016, is optimistic they can cope with competing on two fronts.

"So Liverpool could actually win the league that way". We have to give everything in every game and in the end see where we are.

Liverpool FC will take on Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday 19 February. "I think we can play both", he said. In that time Neville has won eight Premier League titles for Manchester United and knows what it takes to come out on top in a tense title race.

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