Wijnaldum claims Liverpool training 'even harder' than last season

Georginio Wijnaldum claims Liverpool are training ‘even harder’ than last season to retain their Premier League crown and the Dutch midfielder believes Jurgen Klopp’s squad are more ‘focused and concentrated’

  • Liverpool wrapped up the Premier League title for the first time last season 
  • The Reds have also made a perfect start to the new Premier League campaign 
  • Georginio Wijnaldum insists Jurgen Klopp’s squad are hungry to defend the title
  • The Dutchman said he cannot wait to face his national team team-mates at Ajax 

Georginio Wijnaldum claims Liverpool are training ‘even harder’ than last season in their bid to defend their Premier League title.

The Reds won their first league crown in three decades last season, finishing 18 points clear of Manchester City and becoming the first side to wrap up the title with seven games still to play.

The Anfield club also have a perfect record in the Premier League in 2020/21 after victories against Leeds United, Chelsea and Arsenal in their opening three games, although they did suffer defeat to the Gunners on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Georginio Wijnaldum (right) believes Liverpool are training even harder than last season

Wijnaldum was part of the squad that won Liverpool its first league title in three decades

But ahead of the trip to Aston Villa on Sunday, Wijnaldum says their ‘sharper and more concentrated’ squad hold a collective hunger to retain their Premier League crown, which has led to an increase in intensity levels behind the scenes at the club’s Melwood training ground over the past few weeks. 

Asked how Liverpool have been able to maintain their consistency, the Dutch midfielder told the club’s official website: ‘Because the group was together for a long time, everyone knows each other and it’s basically the same as we did in previous seasons.

‘The only thing we did now is, because we turned champions, you just want to give more and win it again. We train hard, like we did before – maybe even harder because we know we can’t do things less because we know how difficult it is to win games and to perform.

The title holders also have three victories from three Premier League games this season

‘We just do the things we did last season, but we are sharper and more concentrated.’

As well as retaining domestic silverware, Liverpool will be looking to reclaim the Champions League, with this season’s journey beginning in a group consisting of Ajax, Atalanta and FC Midtjylland.

Wijnaldum admits he is looking forward to facing many of his Netherlands team-mates at Ajax, and is wary of the threat all three teams will pose when the action kicks off later this month.

And Wijnaldum insists Jurgen Klopp’s squad are more focused and concentrated this season

‘I know a lot of players who play there, I play with a few players at the national team. It’s a good one to play against them,’ he added.

‘They deserve the respect with the kind of football they play – I talk about all three teams in the pool.

‘They deserve our respect and we will show them that we have respect by giving 100 per cent and doing our best to win the games.’

Wijnaldum cannot wait to face Quincy Promes and his other Netherlands team-mates at Ajax

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