According to the Mirror, Georginio Wijnaldum suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Holland and is in doubt to face Manchester United next week.
You can’t help but feel a little bit pissed off as a Liverpool fan right now. Sure, we’re fourth in the league, are three points behind Manchester City in top spot and have scored the joint-highest number of goals in the division, but injuries to key players threaten to set back any progress that Jurgen Klopp has made with his side.
While playing for Holland in a World Cup qualifier against France, Wijnaldum limped off the pitch clutching his hamstring. The muscle seemed to go after the former Newcastle player made a sprint before pulling up. He was then assessed by Holland’s physio but was subsequently replaced by Bas Dost.
If Wijnaldum’s injury proves serious, as it could, there may be disastrous consequences for Liverpool’s chances of success in the coming weeks. While the Dutchman’s signing was highly scrutinised, he has made a big impact for the club this season and has started every Premier League game.
Jurgen Klopp will be waiting anxiously by the phone in the next day or so as Wijnaldum’s importance to the team is growing day by day.
There will be a certain amount of anger within Klopp after Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren all picked up injuries against Swansea City last weekend. The former Southampton trio and Wijnaldum are all regular starters and play an important role in Klopp’s team.
Emre Can is almost certain to receive his first start of the Premier League season, whether it’s in Lallana or Wijnaldum’s stead is yet to be seen.
Liverpool’s injured players have until the weekend to prove their fitness as we know Klopp likes his players to train adequately before starting a game. If he decides they’re not fit enough then they won’t start, but I suppose we will just have to wait and see.
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