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Wijnaldum ready to cover for Henderson in base of midfield for Liverpool’s against Manchester City

  • Liverpool hold a 3-0 advantage going into the quarter-final second-leg at Etihad
  • Jordan Henderson misses out after picking up yellow card at Anfield last week
  • Georginio Wijnaldum was deployed at the base of midfield against Everton 

Georginio Wijnaldum insists he is ready to do the dirty work and fill in defensively for the suspended Jordan Henderson against Manchester City on Tuesday.

Henderson will miss out for Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final second-leg against City at the Etihad after picking up his third yellow of the competition in last week’s emphatic 3-0 victory at Anfield.

Wijnaldum, who usually takes up a more forward role for the Reds, was used at the base of midfield by Jurgen Klopp in their 0-0 draw with rivals Everton on the weekend.

Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum is ready to fill in for Jordan Henderson vs Manchester City

And the 27-year-old now admits that he is ready to take up the defensive responsibility against City, insisting ‘you are quite an important player in that position’.

‘The manager was trying it in pre-season and he said it might happen in the season,’ Wijnaldum said.

‘He said at that time that it could happen that I will play in that position and he might look to do it in the future. Now that time has come.

Henderson will miss out on Tuesday night after picking up a yellow card in first-leg at Anfield

Henderson will miss out on Tuesday night after picking up a yellow card in first-leg at Anfield

‘Normally, I stand higher on the pitch but in this position you get more on the ball, you have a lot of moments. When you play one position ahead, you have less moments.

‘You are more responsible because you are the second or sometimes the first man in the build up. You are quite an important player in that position as well.’ 

Goals from Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane have given Liverpool a comfortable advantage going into the second-leg. 

Wijnaldum was deployed in a deeper position for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby draw

Wijnaldum was deployed in a deeper position for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby draw

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