By Emma Sanders
Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first Liverpool goal on Sunday – and fans reacted with delight on Twitter.
The 25 year-old rounded off a 6-1 demolition of Watford at Anfield by scoring a 91st minute goal after coming on as a late substitute.
Wijnaldum was left out of the starting XI for the third consecutive league match as Emre Can retained his place in central midfield following Liverpool’s 4-2 victory against Crystal Palace last Saturday.
Georginio Wijnaldum: Has scored each of his 12 Premier League goals at home (11 for Newcastle, 1 for Liverpool) #LIVWAT
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 6, 2016
The Dutchman, who has made 10 league appearances for the Reds since joining for £25 million from Newcastle in the summer, has failed to win back his place since missing the goalless draw against Manchester United with a hip injury.
But such was Liverpool’s dominance on Sunday that Wijnaldum replaced Sadio Mane after 62 minutes and was given the chance to play in a more advanced role.
Anfield supporters on social media were delighted that the Dutchman had finally broken his Liverpool duck.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Georginio Wijnaldum is #LFC 13th goalscorer this season after just 14 games.
— Carl Clemente (@clemente_carl) November 6, 2016
Happy for you bro @GWijnaldum first goal and top of the table ?❤️❤️❤️
— Giordon Wijnaldum (@giordonezw) November 6, 2016
• Brilliant team performance
• Karius looking good
• 6 goals scored
• Wijnaldum first goal
• Top of the league
Have a good Sunday.
— Top Of The League (@AnfieldRd96) November 6, 2016
That tops off an exceptional game. First #LFC goal for Wijnaldum.
— Matt (@FalseFirmino) November 6, 2016
Finally! Wijnaldum's first goal for Liverpool. Deserves that so much for his performances so far this season. Delighted for him.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) November 6, 2016
WIJNALDUM FINALLY GETS HIS FIRST GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!!
— Anfield Bond (@AnfieldBond) November 6, 2016
I've been waiting for that goal by Wijnaldum ??
— Lebohang Koloba (@MissLebsie) November 6, 2016
Wijnaldum's smile. Urgh ??
— Larissa's mummy (@kangaroo_jaack) November 6, 2016
And Wijnaldum great for him to get a goal
So much depth. Something we didn't have in 2014
— RougeMen:EF (@RougeMEF) November 6, 2016
In other Liverpool news, fans reacted to his omission from the starting XI prior to kick-off against Watford.