Liverpool midfielder insists Reds want to “play for everything” after FA Cup win at Aston Villa

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Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says that Jürgen Klopp’s men are hungry for success in every tournament they enter this season.

Wijnaldum scored his side’s second goal in their 4-1 win over a young Aston Villa side on Friday night in the third round of the FA Cup.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the victory, Wijnaldum said:

“We said at the beginning of the season that we wanted to play for everything. “Of course it’s difficult to play everything with your strongest team because during the season you play so many games, especially now, and you have to rotate a lot. “But I think we did well [against Villa] and hopefully we can do well in the next round because this is a competition we also want to win. We have won a lot but the FA Cup we haven’t won, so we want to do it.”

Wijnaldum also discussed how The Reds had to gather themselves at half-time after youngster Louie Barry equalised for the hosts before the break.

“We stayed calm and we stayed calm in the dressing room. “We said we shouldn’t go crazy and shouldn’t lose confidence because for the first half an hour we did quite well and created chances but we didn’t score them. After that the counter-press was not that good so I think it was a deserved goal from them because we didn’t defend it well. “That’s what you get in football, because when you don’t defend well then the other team, especially with their quality, can create chances and that’s what happened and they scored a goal. “There’s a lot of things that can happen against any team so that’s what we said at half-time and we just changed a few things around.”

Liverpool return to Premier League action next Sunday when they welcome title rivals Manchester United to Anfield for what should be an interesting encounter.

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