Wijnaldum issues pressure admission

13 February 2017 09:05:37 EST

Georginio Wijnaldum claims Liverpool's players put too much pressure on themselves to arrest their recent poor run of results.

Jurgen Klopp's side won just one game - an FA Cup third round replay against League Two Plymouth Argyle - in 10 matches between 2nd January and 4th February.

It resulted in the Reds slipping out of the EFL Cup semi-finals and the fourth round of the FA Cup respectively, while dropping out of the top-four Champions League qualification places.

If you have a few poor games in a row you are going to put pressure on yourself of 'We have to win this one or this and this will happen'.

Georginio Wijnaldum

And Wijnaldum claims they held clear-the-air talks last week in an effort to get back to winning ways and it appears they had the desired effect as a Sadio Mane brace secured a 2-0 win against Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday night.

The Dutch international claims the pressure the players put on themselves not to lose worked against them and he is now hoping they can go on a winning run and fiunish "as high as possible" this season.

Wijnaldum said: "I don't think we had the pressure of the title race, that came more from the outside.

"Of course you know if you have poor results it is more difficult to win the title but we still have second, third, fourth place and we must finish as high as possible at the end of the season.

"I think in some situations we put too much pressure on ourselves and that is why it went so wrong.

"If you have a few poor games in a row you are going to put pressure on yourself of 'We have to win this one or this and this will happen'.

"I think we were too busy thinking about the consequences than concentrating on the game.

"Last week we were only concentrating on Tottenham: how we can play against them, how we can hurt them and so on.

"The focus was different than a few weeks before. That is my opinion."

Liverpool, who are 8/11 to finish in the top four, have a two-week break from the Premier League due the FA Cup fifth round this weekend and are set to face struggling champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday 27th February.

The Reds are 4/6 to win, while Leicester can be backed at 9/2 and the draw is 31/10.

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