Probably the most welcome return on Saturday’s match against Bournemouth was Georginio Wijnaldum. Not only did he score a gorgeous chip for the second goal of the match, but his presence in midfield definitely helped add some much needed rhythm to what had been faltering set up during his injury lapse. That miraculous return was almost not to be, though, as The Guardian revealed on Sunday that... well, Gini was fairly sick leading up to the match.
“On Thursday night I had a tablet from the doctor for my knee,” said Wijnaldum, who was unable to play with an ongoing knee problem.
“It was a tablet that could induce stomach pains. I took it and I had a pain and thought it was from the tablet. In the end I was vomiting and everyone was a little bit scared. I didn’t train on Friday and I didn’t sleep at the hotel either because they thought I might infect other players.
“The manager called me and asked if I could play. I said I was as positive as I can be. In the morning I was still weak and had diarrhoea. The tablets helped a lot but even at half-time I had to run off quickly to get to the toilet. At half-time I thought: ‘Oh no’ but I ran inside and managed to control it!”
As hilarious and cringeworthy as this all is, it’s nice to hear it’s merely a symptom of medication and nothing that will lead to him being out for any longer periods of time. The last thing Liverpool need at the moment is another player out with a prolonged injury, even with a sizable break ahead before Bayern Munich comes to town. Especially Wijnaldum, who was named Carlsberg Man of the Match following the game, and has become a big part of our best midfields that Jürgen Klopp has fielded. It’s pretty safe to say that his presence was a big part of the win.
“It is always a good response when you win,” added the midfielder. “Three goals and a clean sheet makes it even better.
“We must make sure we respond every game, not just one game. It is difficult [competing with City] but we already knew from the beginning that it would be difficult. We have to control our results and performances. We have to give everything in every game and in the end see where we are. You could see at the beginning of the season we have improved. We just have to keep it going.”
One game at a time, and with 12 left in the season, every game is becoming more and more crucial.