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Wijnaldum: Winning Champions League has given Liverpool ‘peace of mind’

Georginio Wijnaldum says winning the Champions League has given Liverpool ‘peace of mind’ when it comes to winning major silverware.

Liverpool won their first trophy of the Jurgen Klopp era by beating Tottenham in June’s final in Madrid, the club being crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time.

Wijnaldum says the club are now ready to enjoy a sustained period of success after winning the ‘biggest trophy of them all’, the midfielder revealing the significance of a pressure-relieving first trophy in seven years.

“Winning the Champions League has given us all peace of mind,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

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“Now we know what it’s like to win the biggest trophy of them all – and we just want to keep going from here and add even more titles.”

Liverpool finished as runners-up to Manchester City in last season’s title race and have begun the new campaign with four successive wins, but Wijnaldum insists that Klopp hasn’t put added pressure on the side to finally end the club’s 30-year wait for a league title.

“Jürgen Klopp is not putting extreme pressure on us to win the Premier League. He does not tell us, ‘Now you must win this or that trophy’. He is very relaxed.

“He did not do that during the past season, either. His idea is that we get the maximum out of every individual every single day that we are together. And then we will see where that brings us at the end of the season.

“Just look at the list of world-class players who have not won the Champions League during their careers. It contains more famous names than you would think – and it tells you that it is really special we have won it with Liverpool.”

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