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Liverpool's improvement is clear to see, says Wijnaldum

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Cary Erickson | 12 February, 2019, 08:25

Liverpool's transformation this season into Premier League title contenders reflects how much they have improved, says midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. He was told he could expect stomach pains as a side effect.

"I said to Jordan Henderson that I'd never seen Anfield like that at 3pm on Saturday".

The performance against Bournemouth, who have now lost nine away matches in succession and have suffered 13 defeats in the past 18 matches in all competitions, showed a return to the high-energy pressing game and clinical counter-attacking that has been so successful for Liverpool.

"The criticism from outside is a little bit harsh on the team and the manager". The tablets helped a lot but even at half-time I had to run off quickly to get to the toilet.

"I liked the game a lot because it was this mix of control and really preparing direction, breaking lines".

Wijnaldum is confident he will recover from the illness and the knee condition during the 10-day break before Liverpool's next game, against Bayern Munich.

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The result lifted them back above Liverpool into first place, albeit on goal difference and having played a game more, and there looks to be a renewed focus about Pep Guardiola's team.

The 28-year-old Dutch worldwide, who scored a superb goal in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Bournemouth despite suffering from a stomach upset, admitted two successive draws had been a setback as the club chases a first league title since 1990.

Next up, Jurgen Klopp's men travel to Manchester to take on a revitalized and reborn Manchester United side at the Old Trafford.

Yes, we need to take into consideration the fact that the Premier League has four fewer teams than the Championship, but that's four more teams that can produce shock results and score more goals, and it's eight more games where you can pull your team's shirt out of the wardrobe and wear it with pride as there's nothing like watching your side pull off an upset against a top team in the division.

Onto the second half of the match, as if the four-nil drubbing was not enough, Aguero bagged his third of the match from the spot before Sterling put the icing on the cake with a goal to make it 6-0. It is hard [competing with City] but we already knew from the beginning that it would be hard. However, the Championship has seen a mammoth 985 goals this so far this season, with Sheffield United's Billy Sharp racking up 22 goals and Norwich's Teemu Pukki scoring 20!.

What was key for Liverpool to display such a high-quality performance was the dynamic midfield three of Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Naby Keita. Keïta has started the past four matches, his longest sequence, and Klopp admitted a decision was taken to play the Guinea worldwide into form.