|Org||Dutch National Team|
|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
2016 11 26 Retrieve
[Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum speaks about one of his childhood interests before football] I wanted to be a gymnast when I was young, I used to do back-flips and all those things in the streeet and at home, but my grandma said it was dangerous and made me stop. Now my daughter is doing gymnastics and I’m a little bit jealous of her because she is doing all the things I wanted to do when I was young. I had to stop and concentrate on football but I’m happy about that now
2019 08 17 Retrieve
[Georginio Wijnaldum tells about Jurgen Klopp’s team talk ahead of the 2018 UEFA Champions League final] We saw he was wearing the boxer shorts of Cristiano Ronaldo. He did the meeting with his shirt stuffed inside his ‘CR7’ boxers. The whole changing room was on the floor laughing their heads off. That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke. He’s done hundreds of jokes likes that. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will have an effect on players. He is a father figure in those things for the players. With his jokes and his body language, he takes the pressure off players
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[Holland stars Gini Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong make powerful stand against racism just days after racist abuse of striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira in the Dutch second tier] It came very hard personally, I never expected this to happen in the Netherlands. I was very shocked
[When asked how these growing issues should be tackled] Hard fines. I read somewhere that there should be cameras everywhere. The punishment must be so harsh that no one will get it to do that. If you play football you are not waiting for that at all. That match should not have been completed. If it were to happen to us, I would walk off the field
This is a social problem, it is something for politics. Action must be taken against this type of practice. And not only against racism
2019 11 26 Retrieve
[Georginio Wijnaldum is ready to walk off pitch if subjected to racist abuse. He believes that leaving the field of play is the best way for players to combat such discrimination] Why should I play in that case? I think everyone should do it [walk off]. I think that’s the way you support another person, because why should you go on? If you play on, it will never stop
2019 11 28 Retrieve
[No clean sheets in 11 games & Fabinho injured - Should Liverpool fans be worried?] You battle with your body. It’s hard, really hard
2020 01 12 Retrieve
[Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool should have done even better against Tottenham after their 1-0 victory over the north London side] [It was] really tough [physically] but also because I think we made it really tough for ourselves in the second half. I think first half we played a good game but we gave sniffs away and gave them a little bit of confidence.
Because it was only 1-0, they had the confidence they could equalise and in the second half you know they will come out and try to equalise. That’s what makes it harder – and also because we didn’t do what we did in the first half.
I think that was the reason why it was really tough. Normally, it’s always tough when you play against Tottenham but I think we made it tougher than what it was. It was only 1-0 so they had the confidence to try to score a goal. We had to do better with the situation. At the end we defended well but in a few bits in the game we gave chances away and we were lucky they didn’t score
It is [incredible]. But we also work really hard to keep this run going, we have a manager who keeps both our feet on the ground and to work even harder. Every day when we are training or playing a game, we try to do it better than we did before. We always strive to do it better
2020 01 27 Retrieve
[Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says that he will not be rushed into deciding his future on Anfield] What would I like? It is difficult to say. It depends on what the club wants and how the situation is at that time. We will see. [Anfield], it’s like home. I’m just focusing on bringing this season to a good end and that’s the only thing I’m thinking of
Since I’ve been in the Premier League I’ve played the season without a winter break but I also know, before I came to the Premier League, how good it is for a player to have some rest. After the rest, you can go again. Your body is more rested than if you keep on going, so that’s a good thing. As a player you want to be involved in every game there is but you also have to deal with your body and sometimes your body just says that it is not the right choice to do. You just have to see how the situation is but if the manager decides that the younger players are going to play the game then we should accept it
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[Georginio Wijnaldum says Jordan Henderson is a phenomenal player] He’s a phenomenal player, not only as a football player but also as a captain. Since I came to Liverpool I got to know him. He is the best captain we can have for this team. The way he speaks with the players and helps the players is the way you want your captain to be. He is a really good player. Even when he sits on the bench or is not involved in the game, he tries to help the team out. It’s good that he gets the praise now that he deserves because he played a really good season until now, played really good games and scored important goals. In the dressing room he is a really big player for us because of the way he approaches the team, talks with the team and helps the team go forward. We really need him
[Wijnaldum hailing the ability of Jurgen Klopp’s side to grind out results when required and keep a stunning unbeaten run going] Yes, but it’s also confidence. Because we did it so many times, we have the confidence that even if we concede a goal or during the game we don’t score a goal and we’re coming to the last minutes of the game, we still have the confidence we can score a goal. It’s both – but confidence is also a big part. We stay cool, we believe in the quality we have and we are always confident we can score a goal
2020 01 30 Retrieve
[When asked about his contract earlier this week] What would I like? It is difficult to say. It depends on what the club wants and how the situation is at that time. We will see
2020 01 31 Retrieve
[Wijnaldum hails Firmino is like an extra man for Liverpool] Bobby is the kind of player that makes it easier for the whole team. With him on the pitch, you play with an extra man. So you play with 12 players on the pitch because he works so hard. And he scores goals, he lets other people score goals.
He’s a defender, he’s a midfielder, he’s a striker, he gives assists, he has everything.
I played one time as a striker and that’s when I saw how difficult it is to do what he does, because that’s unbelievable. And Bobby as a person is a wonderful person. You can laugh with him, you can talk with him, I’m really happy to have him as a team-mate.
[Another key component in Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title-chasing side is commanding centre-half Virgil van Dijk] Really good, also because he is a really funny person. I worked with him at the national team, played with him, so I already knew which kind of player he was. And I knew that when he came he could transform the back line, but also the line in front of him. So the midfielders. The way he puts everyone in their position helps the whole team, so he’s a leader in that way.
2020 02 22 Retrieve
[Georginio Wijnaldum says Klopp makes sure everyone keeps their feet on the ground] Nobody [here] will say that it’s difficult to have the focus on one game at a time. You just want to do it as well as possible. We also have a manager who puts us with both feet on the ground when we have a moment when we’re not concentrated on something like that. We also have a team that wants to be as successful as possible. For that, you need 100 per cent concentration and give effort every time on the pitch. Off the pitch, when you need treatment and those things, everyone is busy with doing as good as possible. That’s what helps us and we help each other and try to keep each other sharp. I think that’s why we have the run we have right now because we are just focused on doing even better than before
[Wijnaldum is expecting another testing examination against the Hammers] It’s going to be a difficult game. When we played away it was already a difficult game – they dropped deep, they made it difficult for us to play our football. I think they’re going to try to do that again. Every situation is different, we just have to deal with the situation we will be in at that moment
2020 02 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s Wijnaldum plans to finish career in Netherlands] In the future I see myself playing for Feyenoord, PSV or Sparta again. Sometimes I look at Sparta (his first youth club) and think ‘it would be great to spend my last years as a professional there’. In the Netherlands I played for three clubs and still have a good feeling about all three of them. But you can only pick one.
I can’t promise anything though. I learn from other players too. [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy once promised to come back, but changed his mind over the years.
It’s unique what I’m experiencing right now. You want to play at the highest level and win trophies, like Clarence Seedorf. It’s my dream to play as long as possible. Like him, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] or [Cristiano] Ronaldo. I want to play at a high level until I’m 38
[Wijnaldum added on the Reds’ bid to secure a first league crown in 30 years] It seems like we’re going to be the champions. When seems to be the remaining question, but a lot of crazy things have happened in football
2020 03 17 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Wijnaldum says he’s become a more ‘complete player’ under Klopp’s stewardship] My development since I came to Liverpool has been good. I have become more of an all-round player. I was used to playing in a very attacking role and only in attack. Since the World Cup with [Louis] van Gaal [in 2014], I have had a more controlling role in midfield and that went well. After that, I didn’t play that role again, at PSV or Newcastle. When I spoke with Klopp, he saw me in a more defensive role, where I needed to be an all-rounder. It’s not always easy as I am used to attacking, but it has helped in my development. I am a more complete player now than I was when I arrived
The manager has had a big influence on me. He has brought the club back to where it used to be and he brought his vision to the club, and I have to say his vision fits the club. The players adore him, of course, because he cares about the players and he is a good coach, a coach who improves his players and he is a great person to work with. We have also had a lot of personal conversations and he has become a really important person to me. He knows a lot of things about me that other coaches don’t know. We have a really good player-coach relationship, as well as on a personal level. He is an important person to me in general
2020 03 27 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s Wijnaldum reveals reason behind shirt number] Number five is a really special number for me. It was my lucky number when I was young but also because my favourite player, Zinedine Zidane, was playing with number five. I was really happy that I could start my professional career as number five. Since then I’ve played with number five at Newcastle and when I came to Liverpool, the club basically kept number five for me. I was really happy with that
The toughest opponent I ever played against was Andres Guardado. There was a game at the World Cup against Mexico, it was really hot and he was my opponent that day. It was a really hot day and he just kept running! It was really difficult for me, and besides that, he’s also a really good football player. On the ball, he was really great. It was a big thing for me to stop him. Because it was so hot, it was more difficult than normal, but at the end, we still won the game
2020 03 28 Retrieve
[Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum explains the reasoning behind his number selection] Number five is a really special number for me. It was my lucky number when I was young but also because my favourite player, Zinedine Zidane, was playing with number five
2020 05 16 Retrieve
[Georginio Wijnaldum admits Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson can be annoying] I’ve played with a few players who have great leadership, I have to say Kevin Strootman and Jordan Henderson were, I think, above the other ones. Mark Van Bommel was also a good leader and a good captain, but out of the three of them, I have to chose Henderson. It can be annoying [when he is motivating players on the pitch], but if you think about why he’s doing it, it’s only to help you as a person and the team so if you think about it in that way, you always appreciate it so we are really happy with the way Henderson is
[Henderson is not the only role model that Wijnaldum is looking to take important lessons from at Liverpool] James Milner engine is unbelievable. I see it in the games and in training, the way he plays and how fit he is. I hope I can reach that level too. He’s non-stop, I have to say when you play against him, it’s really tough because Milner is the type of player who will never stop giving everything so you always have to be 100 per cent concentrated and have to give every time 100 per cent otherwise you will lose from him. He’s a really tough competitor
2020 05 20 Retrieve
[Liverpool returns for training in small groups] I’m really looking forward to that because we all love football, we all love to play football, so we want to play as much as we can. Also, the moment and the situation we were in was quite good, so it was really hard for us [professionally] that it stopped immediately after the game against Atletico Madrid [where Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League]. In two months we didn’t do something and we are happy that we can start again
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[It was Wijnaldum, along with Van Dijk, who was behind the idea of Liverpool’s squad ‘taking a knee’ at Anfield] If it [abuse] were to happen to use, I would walk off the field. This is a social problem. It is something for politics and it cannot be accepted.
[Wijnaldum himself has suggested he would like to end his career back in the Netherlands] in the future I see myself playing for Feyenoord, PSV or Sparta [Rotterdam] again
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Gini Wijnaldum on black Lives Matter] We, the Players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for All, regardless of their colour or creed