Liverpool have dug in to claim victories against Stoke City and West Brom - Georginio Wijnaldum


Sam Allardyce's side will equally hard as they fight to avoid relegation

Georginio Wijnaldum train with team mates to face Crystal Palace
Liverpool end a trilogy of Premier League battles against Crystal Palace on Sunday having emerged victorious from their last two tough challenges against Stoke City and West Brom.

Jurgen Klopp's men, who wowed fans with some thrilling football in the first half of the season, have dug in over the last fortnight to gain maximum points on the road and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum knows Sam Allardyce's Palace will equally hard as they fight to avoid relegation.

'It's going to be a physical challenge, the same as it was at their ground,' predicted the Dutch international.
'But it's been like that for us at Stoke and especially West Brom. It was a really hard game because they have strong players, play long balls and were difficult at set-pieces.
'But I think we defended well, we fought to win the game as we did at Stoke when we went 1-0 behind.'
Wijnaldum earned a reputation as an attacking midfielder in his debut Premier League season with Newcastle. But Klopp has played him in a deeper role since a £25million move to Liverpool.

'You have to adapt to a situation and that's what I'm doing,' said the 26-year-old. 'The way we play, it's more intense than Newcastle. Teams will drop deeper against us, at Newcastle they wouldn't. That's the big difference.
'I had good intentions when I went to Newcastle. In the beginning, we were trying to play football, but as soon as you don't win games, the confidence goes away and basically you're fighting to survive. 
'At the end of last season my joy disappeared because it was more fighting and not really football any more.' 

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