Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum says his side will be ready for the start of the new campaign despite a poor pre-season. Jurgen Klopp’s men started the summer with two wins against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City but they have not won a friendly since. Defeats to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli have caused some Reds fans to worry but they will get the chance to respond against Lyon on Wednesday night.
Klopp’s side need to improve their form before the Community Shield meeting with Manchester City on Sunday but Wijnaldum is not worried by their current situation. He told the club’s official website: “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.
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“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.”