Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted their is fierce competition for places in all positions this season, which he claims is a necessity for the club if they're to achieve success.

The 26-year-old made the move to Anfield last summer from Newcastle and impressed in his debut season for the club - notching 42 appearances which returned six goals and nine assists -however, he remains aware that his position in the side should not be taken for granted.


Following the additions of Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Dominic Solanke to the Liverpool squad so far, competition is starting to heat up and Wijnaldum is of the belief that it is only a positive for the club. 

He told ​Liverpool's website: “I already felt we had a strong squad last season, but in a couple of moments, we had a lot of injuries and so it was difficult to rotate, with a lot of players having to play more than they’re used to playing and we had to use young players.

“This season, so far everyone is fit and it’s good for the team and the manager because he has a lot more choice.

“It has to be intense at a club like Liverpool – a big club, a top club. We have a squad with a lot of good players and I think that’s a normal thing.

“We have to have a big squad with good players because we play a lot of games though the season and in some situations you have to rotate to give some players a rest, so that’s not possible if you have a small squad. Having a big squad is a good thing.

Despite looking ahead to the 2017/18 season with optimism, the Dutch international has remained well aware of the improvements the team needs to make if they are to build upon the progress made last term. 

He added: “Of course, you have targets for the team – to defend better, to concede less goals. Also we will work on the things we did well to become a better team.

“The manager is always busy with making things better, even when things are going well. It’s not something different.”