Premier League: Georginio Wijnaldum puts illness aside to show value to Liverpool midfield in win over Bournemouth

Liverpool: Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum isn’t the headline grabber for Liverpool however a particular objective and an excellent all-round efficiency in Saturday’s 3-Zero win over Bournemouth confirmed his worth to Jurgen Klopp’s staff.

Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the second objective towards Bournemouth. AFP

Wijnaldum’s show of urgent, passing and one chic end, was all of the extra exceptional given the state he had been in forward of the sport.

“He didn’t sleep in the team hotel last night. He had diarrhoea and vomiting two nights earlier so he couldn’t come to the team hotel,” mentioned Klopp.

“He had pretty much everything you don’t want to have two nights before a game. Then he said, after a couple of hours sleep, I feel good, I can play,” added the German.

Wijnaldum’s objective was a wonderfully weighted lob over Cherries’ keeper Artur Boruc after the Dutchman had beautifully introduced down a lofted move from left-back Andy Robertson.

It confirmed one other facet of Wijnaldum’s sport and that for all his aggression and work-rate in midfield, he additionally possesses a deft contact.

Klopp although joked that he was apprehensive he would possibly move on his sickness to his staff mates within the celebration.

“I was concerned after he scored a goal that everyone gives him a hug,” mentioned Klopp, who added Wijnaldum’s angle was typical of his squad, who lead Manchester City by three factors forward of their title rivals’ match with Chelsea on Sunday.

“The character and mentality of these boys is the only reason we are where we are. We can use always the character and attitude of the boys. We can win football games and we will win. How many? We will see,” mentioned Klopp.

The German was additionally fast to set the document straight about skipper James Milner’s efficiency at West Ham on Monday, saying he had proven the identical spirit as Wijnaldum and performed whereas unwell.

“It is the same like Milly’s character. I heard some were very critical of Milly’s performance last week, which is a joke,” he mentioned.

After attracts with Leicester at residence and West Ham in London on Monday, Liverpool had seen their lead over City dissipate so this was a well timed win.

“We have high expectations and today we won in an impressive manner – we had some outstanding performances on the pitch. Goal number three (from Mohamed Salah) was world-class,” he mentioned.

“We wanted to show a reaction. It’s our job not only to come through but to really perform and convince.”

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