Georginio Wijnaldum admitted he was lost at times during Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Brighton after being picked to play in defence for the first time in his career.

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A lack of defensive options led to Jurgen Klopp picking Wijnaldum in a three-man defence for the trip to Brighton, and the Dutch international stated after the game that he found it “difficult” despite the 5-1 scoreline.

He told Sky Sports, “The manager was running out of options and he picked me and Emre.

“It was really hard in the first half because I didn’t know what to do every time.

“We were training a day before the game. [Jurgen Klopp] didn’t tell me, he just picked the team and he told me I was at the back. Normally I am a player who can play in different positions, but never in defence.

“It was difficult, especially in the first half, because I have never played there. But the manager was running out of options with players who were sick, so Emre and I had to play there.

“For Emre it wasn’t that different because he has played there before, but for me it was difficult because you need to know when to close spaces.”

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