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.

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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46 thoughts on “Bad news for Liverpool from the Amsterdam Arena: Wijnaldum leaves the pitch injured”

  1. Had a week off the forum whilst visitors were here, not good news about Wijnaldum, the team seemed to be settled, hoping all goes well against the scum whoever turns out against them.
    PS, anyone know anything about birds of prey?, my wife spotted this landing on a hedge, it could still fly, but not far, unable to see any obvious injury, waiting for a neighbour to come home to see if he can get it to a sanctuary of some sort, we think it is a sparrow hawk

  2. Cometh the hour, cometh the Can!?!

    If ginis out then this could be Cans chance to get back in. The standard in our midfield has gone up and Can has not had a look in. At the moment Can is like the player that not only missed the train but has got stuck bouncing around on the bus replacement service while the rest of the team steams on ahead without him!

    1. He’s coming back from injury, hence not being match fit, I just can’t see it being a case of him frozen out .. no brainer for me, Can straight swap.

  3. If Can comes in I hope this doesn’t mean pushing Hendo upfield. Would rather him continue to develop there. Can is prone to the odd gaffe, which is less of an issue if played further forward.

    1. Agreed. But hendo is 1 booking away from suspension. It would be great to see how can will do in more advance midfield role. That something lot of supporters wanted from him.

      1. Yes something for Hendo to work on there. I bet he doesn’t normally get this many cards in a season!
        Agreed on Can. Think he needs to step up this season. A lot of supporters think he’s great without him really delivering anything yet. He’s still got a lot of time on his hands though. Would like to see him weigh in with a few assists/goals and stop getting caught in possession.

        1. Can’s got a lot of decision making skills to develop and it will take more than this season. But with Klopp’s style of play it should be a good learning environment.
          He does good when he has time and space but needs to do better under pressure.

    1. that’s fine. he can miss the West Brom game. CAn might be a bit rusty against Utd but hopefully he’s fully up to speed for WBA.

  4. worst case scenario on Monday we have no Lallana or gini


    clyne Matip Lovren Milly
    Can Hendo couts
    Mane Sturridge firmino

      1. the squad is a lot stronger and more balanced from last season, it is fantastic that many of our players can play in different position. I really want to see Sturridge given his chance I hope that he starts Origi did not come on for Belgium last night how is his fitness?

          1. why don’t they keep hold of the ball. Too much flick ons and lob it forwards from a deeper midfield and instantly losing the ball to France. Ridiculous.

          2. Wijnaldum and Klaassen had a very poor game against France. They usually do a lot better at that.

            The team is vulnerable to a press which is quite ok against Slovenia, Georgia etc. Against France it’s s different story. Matuidi, Sissoko and Pogba are of a different level. So they wanted to get the ball passed them to put them on the back foot.

      1. he plays deeper for Brazil often and 13/14 season did for Liverpool. when Lallana came off the last game couts filled in there

  5. It is okie, we can play 4-2-4 and we will still beat scums to pulp. Does anyone have any doubt here?

    Bring on

    1. Well, he actually spared England some blushes. He scored his first goal after 7 seconds, breaking the previous record for the fastest goal in WC qualifiers of 8.3 seconds, set by the champions of world football San Marino against England in 1993 😉
      P.S. what’s even more impressive is that it was actually Gibraltar who took the kick-off 🙂 shame we all know Benteke can’t press 😉

    2. Teks will be awesome for Palace. Pardew is pure English football right down to spitting and fighting in the crowd!!

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