Midfielder says Reds must be “more ruthless” to compete for the Premier League

Midfielder says Reds must be “more ruthless” to compete for the Premier League

Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum has said the Reds must be “more ruthless” if they are to compete with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s men stormed to a fantastic 4-3 win over the league leaders at Anfield on Sunday, with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and finally Mo Salah helping inflict City’s first defeat of the season.

Despite the victory however, the Reds still remain a huge 15 points behind the City, and Wijnaldum was highlighted what he believes to have bee the key difference between the two sides so far this season.

“They did it much better in some games.” said the ex-Newcastle midfielder.

“There were some games difficult for them but they still scored and killed the game. That is something we didn’t do. Even today we still give them a chance to come back.

“That is the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City.”

Wijnaldum says Liverpool must be more like City to challenge for the Premier League title in the future.

Liverpool’s win means the Reds are now 18 games unbeaten, and have lost just four of their last 45 in all competitions. However, they have drawn eight top flight games this season, and Wijnaldum says his side must be “more ruthless” if they are to compete with City in the future and challenge for the Premier League title.

“In my opinion that is the difference,” Wijnaldum said.

“I don’t want to say the difference is not big because they show it every game, and even in the games they did not play very well they won. So that is the step we have to make to compete for the title.

“The first game against Watford we play well and conceded at the end of the game. Burnley at home we created chances and did not score often. At home we have had games we did not score – you have around six points there already.

“We gave a lot of points away that we could have collected. City and us are two teams with a lot of quality but other teams have quality too.”