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Gini Wijnaldum on the threat to Liverpool of Quincy Promes

Gini Wijnaldum has warned that Quincy Promes is a major threat to Liverpool’s Champions League dream.

The Dutch midfielder will face his international team-mate when the Reds entertain Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night.

Promes missed the 1-1 draw in Russia back in September due to injury but their eight-goal top scorer will lead the charge for Massimo Carrera’s side at Anfield.

“Promes is a real threat,” Wijnaldum said.

“I think he has already showed that in their league games when he has played. He has scored a lot of goals and given a lot of assists.

Netherlands’ Quincy Promes celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum (Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

“He is a player that needs a lot of thought. Spartak are a good team to be fair. They were better than I expected in the first game.

“They had a few missing that night, including Promes, but now they are stronger.”

Liverpool go into their final group game needing only a point to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Victory will guarantee their passage as Group E winners.

It’s a crunch week with the visit of Spartak followed by Sunday’s Merseyside derby but Wijnaldum says the mood is buoyant on the back of last weekend’s 5-1 thrashing of Brighton.

Scotland's Andrew Robertson (left) and Netherlands Quincy Promes
Scotland’s Andrew Robertson (left) and Netherlands Quincy Promes
(Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

“I don’t think you can go into the Spartak game with the thoughts that a point is enough. I think it is dangerous if a team plays like that,” he added.

“I think you always have to play with the intention that you want to win the game. That’s what we have to do.

“We’ve got two important games this week and it’s a good thing that we are full of confidence.

“We have to get a good result first against Spartak and only then will we think about Everton.”

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