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Sport Wijnaldum admits Liverpool stars have 'little time for training'

18:41  03 december  2020
18:41  03 december  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Georginio Wijnaldum admits Liverpool players are just trying to avoid getting injured when away from match days, with rest taking priority over full scale training.

The Reds have suffered an injury crisis at the start of the season which has seen match days packed into a tight calendar following the month late restart in September as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

With many teams, especially those in European competition like Liverpool, playing twice a week in an attempt to catch up to a traditional schedule, injuries have proven a problem.

Georginio Wijnaldum wearing a uniform: Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed Liverpool have barely been training © Provided by Daily Mail Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed Liverpool have barely been training

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'I don't really have anything to complain about. I am blessed to stay fit during this period,' he told reporters following Tuesday's 1-0 win over Ajax.

'I hope I can hold on until the end of the season. That's going to be very difficult, but I'm confident.

a group of men playing a game of football: The Dutch midfielder has remained injury free this term and featured in Tuesday night's Champions League victory over Ajax at Anfield © Provided by Daily Mail The Dutch midfielder has remained injury free this term and featured in Tuesday night's Champions League victory over Ajax at Anfield a group of football players on a field: Wijnaldum looks on concerned as team-mate Andy Robertson receives foot injury treatment © Provided by Daily Mail Wijnaldum looks on concerned as team-mate Andy Robertson receives foot injury treatment

'It's really just playing matches and resting at the moment. There's not really any training because there's not a lot of time for that.'

Jurgen Klopp's side have already lost first choice centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for what looks likely to be the majority of the season and have picked up knocks in other key areas.

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The Reds boss has been heavily critical of TV schedules seeing his side play at 12.30pm on a Saturday right after a Wednesday Champions League game, and has also hit out at the failure to adopt five substitutions for this season.

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Wijnaldum stated that despite the tinkering needed to the Liverpool line-up, the team's win at Anfield showed that throughout the squad they remain professional in their approach.

He added: 'We knew that Ajax has a very good football-playing team and it would be tough.

a man wearing a uniform: Jurgen Klopp has been left furious with TV schedules and not being allowed to make five changes as he has watched much of his first team pick up injury issues © Provided by Daily Mail Jurgen Klopp has been left furious with TV schedules and not being allowed to make five changes as he has watched much of his first team pick up injury issues

'A match against Ajax is not an easy one. It makes it extra nice that we were able to win the match.

'I think Ajax has played two very good matches, but of course you can see that we are very grown up. I think that's why we won the matches.

'In the Premier League you play such matches more often, then you have to be very mature to win them, even if you don't play well. We did that twice against Ajax.

'I must say we created more chances than in Amsterdam. I think Ajax has done very well in two matches.'

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