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Saturday 16 December 2017

Reds' new year fear

Liverpool's Wijnaldum believes City should be 'scared' of Anfield

Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum says that teams visiting Anfield should be scared by the Premier League’s top scorers Photo: Reuters
Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum says that teams visiting Anfield should be scared by the Premier League’s top scorers Photo: Reuters

Georgino Wijnaldum believes that Manchester City should feel fear when they arrive at Anfield for a massive top-four collision with bouyant Liverpool on New Year's Eve.

Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Stoke was the fourth time in eight matches they have scored four or more in the Premier League in front of their own fans.

Liverpool are the top-flight's top scorers with 45 goals in 18 games, 25 of those coming at home and that's why Wijnaldum believes City will be running scared on Saturday.

"The way we are playing and the way we are scoring goals in the home games, I think it will scare opponents," said the Holland international.

"We have a lot of players who can score goals and win the game for us.

"That's a good thing because if it depends on one person, it can be a problem because if that person doesn't score, you will not win games."

"They have a lot of good players who can score goals, even players on the bench who can come on and score goals," he added.

"Of course Aguero is a wonderful player and can win the game on his own for Manchester City so he's one of the threats we have to deal with.

"But it's not only Aguero, you also have (Kevin) de Bruyne, and (David) Silva, Sterling. You can go on with calling names," he said.

With their win over Stoke, Liverpool overtook City by a point and move into second place again but they are still six points behind leaders Chelsea.

Defeat for either side on Saturday would make catching Antonio Conte's side even more difficult but Wijnaldum prefers not to think about that.

"The season is long. You can't control other things and games will come after Manchester City," he said.

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