Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has disclosed to ESPN FC that he needs to keep away from Manchester City in Friday’s draw for the Champions League quarter-finals, demanding it is too soon in opposition to confront an English opponent.
Five-time European champions Liverpool and Premier League pioneers Man City are the leading English clubs as yet contending in this present season’s Champions League following the round of 16 ways out of Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea.
The two sides could be matched with each other or European heavyweights Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich. Pariahs Roma and Sevilla are additionally potential adversaries. However, if Liverpool can maintain a strategic distance from one possible coordinate, Wijnaldum trusts that they evade a two-legged conflict with City at this phase of the competition.
“Actually no, not currently, I would prefer not to play an English group now,” Wijnaldum disclosed to ESPN FC. “To be reasonable, we played Manchester City two times, and I think the first game we had a red card, so that was a troublesome match.
“Be that as it may, the second game at home, it was a decent match for us. I additionally think the supporters delighted in it so regardless of whether we play Man City, I think we have two great games.”
Lionel Messi’s dazzling execution for Barcelona amid their 3-0 win against Chelsea at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, when the Argentina star softened the 100-goal obstruction up the Champions League with two strikes, affirmed the La Liga pioneers status as the competition top choices. However, Wijnaldum demands that every one of the surviving groups all charge regard.
“To be reasonable, they are for the most part great groups,” he said. “They have just demonstrated that in the Champions League assemble stages that they are a decent group, so it doesn’t make a difference who we make them go, to be a troublesome game.
“It doesn’t make a difference mostly, on the off chance that you achieve the last, who you’re playing.
“I figure each group now simply needs to make the last and they don’t consider their identity is going to play against.”