Bad news for Liverpool from the Amsterdam Arena: Wijnaldum leaves the pitch injured
Georginio Wijnaldum was substituted after 62 minutes of Holland’s World Cup qualifier against France, with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
The Liverpool midfielder had an evening he’ll most probably want to forget as quickly as possible. Barely visible from the start, it was a very poor performance from him, ended in injury.
Liverpool fans and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping it’s not too serious and he’s available for selection against Manchester United in a week’s time.
Speaking of Manchester United, Paul Pogba settled the game with a powerful long-distance shot after 30 minutes, after being allowed too much space by the retreating Kevin Strootman. The Dutch ‘keeper Stekelenburg should have done better as well, as he had both of his hands on the ball but didn’t get enough on it to divert it around the post.
Memphis Depay replaced the injured Quincy Promes after 16 minutes and played a decent game, just like Anthony Martial who played the last 25 minutes for France.
Daley Blind on the other hand had a rather poor outing in his left back position for Holland.
If Wijnaldum’s injury turns out serious, it will be a heavy blow for Liverpool, since he has established himself as an important part of the Reds’ midfield trio, especially in the light of Adam Lallana already being a doubt for the United clash. Lallana was himself substituted due to injury after 23 minutes of Liverpool’s game against Swansea.
Elsewhere, Ragnar Klavan played the full 90 minutes of Estonia’s 0:2 defeat to Greece, while Divock Origi and Simon Mignolet observed Belgium’s 0:6 win away to Gibraltar from the bench. Former Liverpool striker Christain Benteke started the game ahead of Romelu Lukaku and scored a hat-trick.