Georginio Wijnaldum reveals that the Liverpool stars urged themselves not to go ‘crazy’ after being caught by the Aston Villa children in the FA Cup before winning 4-1.
The Reds faced a Villa squad made up entirely of academy players after a Covid outbreak forced the entire first team and coaches to self-isolate.
After Sadio Mane’s opener, the seasoned Liverpool stars were stunned when 17-year-old Louie Barry ran to coolly bring the young debutants back to halftime.
Georginio Wijnaldum (L) revealed Liverpool stars were wondering not to go ‘crazy’ against Aston Villa
After going 1-1 against the teenage squad, many of whom were dropped off at Villa Park by their parents, Wijnaldum revealed Liverpool players need to make sure they don’t lose their minds in the dressing room at the pause.
“We stayed calm and we stayed calm in the locker room,” he told the club’s website, “We said we shouldn’t go crazy and shouldn’t lose confidence because during the first half hour, we did very well and created opportunities we did not notice.
“After that the counterpress was not very good, so I think it was a deserved goal of them because we didn’t defend it well.
The English champions were stunned as they were drawn at half-time by the children of Villa
The young stars, who were all making their debuts, kept the Reds at 1-1 for an hour
This is what you get in football because when you don’t defend well the other team especially with their quality can create chances and that is what happened and they scored a goal. .
“There are a lot of things that can happen against any team, that’s what we said at halftime and we just changed a few things. “
The children of Villa held the English champions for an hour, before a quick hat-trick, the first by the Dutch midfielder, put the game out of sight.
After surviving the fear, Wijnaldum said Jugen Klopp’s men plan to go all the way in the FA Cup, a trophy they alluded to during the German’s tenure.
Wijnaldum put his team forward before two more quick-fire goals put them back in control
The Dutch midfielder praised his teammates for keeping their cool and aiming for the FA Cup race
“We said at the start of the season that we wanted to play for everything.
“Of course it is difficult to play everything with your strongest team, because during the season you play so many games, especially now, and you have to turn a lot,” added Wijnaldum.
“But I think we did well (against Villa) and I hope we can do well in the next round because it’s a competition we also want to win. We’ve won a lot, but we haven’t won the FA Cup, so we want to do it.