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Wijnaldum explains why he is ‘really looking forward’ to Liverpool’s Club World Cup campaign

Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed his excitement at Liverpool’s participation in the Club World Cup ahead of next month’s tournament in Qatar.

Having won the Champions League back in June, the European champions will head to the Middle East in December to partake in the inter-continental competition, the tournament pitting together the champions of each of the global governing body’s six confederations.

Liverpool will begin their campaign at the semi-final stage on December 18, and Wijnaldum says he is ‘really looking forward’ to the opportunity to make history with the club having never previously won the competition.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the World Cup for teams because back in the day I saw the Champions League winners play in the competition,” he said.

“What I like the most is that if you win, you get a badge on your shirt. That’s something you want to achieve. I saw it on a few shirts of the previous winners.

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“Also, when I speak about the tournament with family and friends, they all speak about the badge. That’s something you want; every time you look at the shirt it reminds you that you won the World Cup for teams.

“You go into football to make history and that’s what we want to achieve with the team we’re playing in. We have a good team.”

The Dutch international is hopeful that a maiden Club World Cup title can be added to the Anfield trophy cabinet, with Liverpool having lost their previous appearance in the final to Sao Paulo back in 2005.

Speaking on the togetherness in the Liverpool squad, he added: “We are friends, we work hard for each other. We have a team that when we look back later we can say we achieved things,

“This will definitely be one of the moments when we look back, we can say we achieved something big.

“If we win it then our names will come forward. It would be a nice thing for us but also for the people who will look at the history later and see that we won it.”

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