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Wijnaldum: Liverpool must not take Leipzig for granted

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Despite an advantage over RB Leipzig, Wijnaldum says Liverpool must not rest on their laurels when both sides meet for the second leg.

Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool will be taking nothing for granted against RB Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

Seeing what the Reds did to Barcelona a few years back, the Dutchman is wary of his side becoming victims themselves.

Back in the 2018/19 season, the Reds found themselves playing catch-up in a crunch clash with La Liga giants.

They had a three-goal deficit to overturn in that semi-final tie, with another memorable European night played out at Anfield. Against all odds, Liverpool claimed a 4-0 victory at Anfield, with Wijnaldum scoring a brace on that occasion.

Back to the present, Leipzig only trail the Premier League title holders 2-0 ahead of the return date in England on March 10.

Wijnaldum is wary of his side losing focus and warns that the German opposition must not be taken for granted.

“Well, of course we have a big chance to go to the next round, but it’s the Champions League – we showed a few years ago already what can happen even if you are 3-0 down,” he said as per the club’s official website.

“They will think the same: ‘OK, we lost the game 2-0 but we can change it away.’ So what we have to do is be focused and be aware that it can change.”

Liverpool have lost their last three games in the league, and Wijnaldum is hoping the Leipzig victory can give them some momentum.

Up next for the Reds is a Merseyside derby clash against Everton at the weekend.

He added: “We also had [it] in a couple of games this season that we played well but didn’t win at the end of the game. So to play a good game and to win the game as well gives you a good feeling, a lot of good feelings. Also confidence again because now you get rewarded for the game.”