Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum has expressed disappointment in his team’s woeful pre-season form and hopes the frustrations from their recent loss against Napoli would rile them up to end on a high in their final friendly game with Lyon.
The Reds have been under pressure following a string of poor results, and will wrap up their preparation for the 2019/20 season against the French giants on Wednesday, before heading to Wembley to clash with Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on Sunday.
With defeats to Dortmund, Sevilla, and a draw with Sporting Lisbon in recent weeks, the European champion’s warm-up games for the upcoming season have not gone to plan but Wijnaldum has disclosed their determination to put the latest 3-0 mauling to Napoli behind them as they continue their training in Evian.
The 28-year-old in an interview with Liverpool’s official website spoke about the need for The Reds to build up in confidence following the demoralizing defeat in what he believes was a ‘real poor performance by the team.’
“That’s what we have to do,” Wijnaldum said. “It’s all about making minutes as much as possible, but also to get the results.
“The season already starts [on Sunday] so the result and the performance, it’s important for us to get confidence and to keep on going. This is painful but we have to learn from it and we have to strike back.”
Goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik put Napoli 2-0 ahead before halftime, before Amin Younes added a third soon after the restart to make it a stretch of four games without a win for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Wijnaldum admits that Carlo Ancelotti’s team were simply better than them on the day.
The midfielder continued: “It was not our best game. I think it was a real poor performance from the team, the things that we normally do right with pressing, playing football [and] creating chances we didn’t do and they were quite good.
“The chances that they had they scored. Most of them were because we made mistakes and they just took the chances that they had.
“We play the games to win the games but unfortunately we didn’t win them. Especially if you play like [against Napoli] it’s really painful to lose the game because normally we are quite good with the pressing and creating chances and playing football, but we were not 100 per cent concentrated.
“We didn’t do it as a team, we made too many mistakes and they took the chances that they had. If you play a good game but you lose it’s different, especially in pre-season, but if you lose a game like this it’s painful.”
With the likes of Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri all having returned to the club, Jurgen Klopp would be desperate for a change in fortune against Lyon, and would look to begin Liverpool’s campaign with a positive result against City.