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Wijnaldum urges Liverpool to ‘not think about last season’

Georginio Wijnaldum is targeting further Champions League success with Liverpool but has urged his side to forget about last season’s triumph.

Champions League football returns to Merseyside this week for the first time since last season’s stunning comeback win over Barcelona in the semi-final, as Jurgen Klopp’s side prepare to host Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Wijnaldum scored twice in that memorable victory over the Spanish giants, before being part of the side which were crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time by beating Tottenham Hotspur in June’s final.

By contrast, Liverpool began the defence of their crown in disappointing fashion with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli in their group stage opener at the San Paolo Stadium.

The Dutch midfielder has now urged his side to forget about the past as they bid for further success in this season’s European campaign.

“What happened in the past is always in the past,” he said. “We created great memories, but it’s not something we should think about.

“Of course it gives us confidence if you are in a situation like that, but this is a totally different Champions League campaign – different games, different situations, different teams.

“We just have to make sure we are ready and not think about last season. That is a great memory, but we have to look forward to make things even greater and reach the final again. We’re not looking back, but looking forward.”

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