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Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on "brilliant" Georginio Wijnaldum

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talks up the importance of Georginio Wijnaldum to his side following his performance in the 1-0 win over Brighton at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has talked up the importance of Georginio Wijnaldum to his side's perfect start to the season.

Wijnaldum has started all three of Liverpool's Premier League games so far this term, keeping captain Jordan Henderson and summer signing Fabinho out of the team in the process.

The Dutch international was one of the standout performers of Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, and Klopp praised the versatility of the midfielder.

"The situation was clear from the beginning. Hendo would not have a big break and Fabinho would need time to settle in, so it was always clear that Gini would be in the mix for that position. He can play both," Klopp told reporters.

"He was brilliant in pre-season as the eight. He was good as the six but brilliant as the eight. That's why we never had any doubts about that. They all have different characteristics in that role but if we don't defend as a team neither Hendo, Fabinho or Gini can play the role very well because the space is just too big. It's not possible. If we defend well, then it is all fine. Gini is a good footballer, the other two are as well.

"It is only important that you have this kind of mindset that you can cool yourself down in different situations, that you don't follow the ball or offer runs in behind when we have enough players to do that. We need a few reasonable persons on the pitch, if you want, and Gini can switch from one mindset to the other and that is pretty good for us."

Wijnaldum completed 75 of his 76 passes during the win over Brighton, with the solitary misplaced one coming in the 80th minute.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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