Wijnaldum in awe of Liverpool’s global reach after CL win

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum has acknowledged that Liverpool’s Champions League triumph has made him realise just how far the club’s global reach extends.Jurgen Klopp’s side lifted the European Cup on June 1 in Madrid after beating Premier League rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the showpiece event.The Reds beat Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona en route to the final, before producing a clinical display against Spurs to win the famous trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Wijnaldum, who played the first hour of the match at Wanda Metropolitano, has just returned to Anfield following a three-week holiday.The midfielder was granted an extended break after starring for Netherlands at the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal.The 28-year-old has seen first hand the amount of support Liverpool enjoy across the globe during his summer holidays, with a Champions League victory still fresh in the minds of supporters.”It’s a really big club. Everywhere you go people know Liverpool,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s official website.”On my vacation, a lot of people came to me and congratulated me for the Champions League.“Sometimes you don’t realise how big the club is; the club is in Europe but even when you travel abroad to Asia or America you see how big this club is because a lot of people support Liverpool and a lot of people know the club.”Gini Wijnaldum LiverpoolKlopp will be hoping his team can build on their recent progress by fighting for more silverware in 2019-20.The Reds missed out on the Premier League title last term after finishing a single point behind champions Manchester City, despite amassing a record haul of 97 points.Wijnaldum insists he is also “hungry” for more success after lifting his first trophy in a Liverpool shirt, as he added: “Because I know how it feels right now, I want it again. That’s why I came back hungry, the guys also came back hungry to achieve even more.“It’s a good feeling and it’s the feeling you want to get used to, winning trophies like that. That’s why everyone is hungry to do even better this year and win more.”Liverpool kick off their new season on August 9 at home to newly-promoted Norwich, a week after a Community Shield clash against City at Wembley. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img

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