By Emma Sanders

Liverpool fans reacted with surprise on Twitter as Giorginio Wijnaldum was left out of the starting XI for the third Premier League game in a row.

Emre Can was named in the starting line-up to face Watford on Sunday afternoon as the Reds hope to capitalise on their rivals Manchester City and Arsenal dropping points.

Wijnaldum came on as a substitute to face Crystal Palace last Saturday as Liverpool recorded a convincing 4-2 victory.

The German faced an uphill battle to regain full fitness after returning to Anfield in the summer, following his European Championship exploits with the national squad.

However, Wijnaldum has been in great form since joining from Newcastle in the summer but picked up a hip injury while on duty for the Netherlands last month.

He missed the crunch clash against Manchester United and was left on the bench for Liverpool’s 2-1 victory against West Brom, though Wijnaldum did play the full 90 minutes against Tottenham in the EFL Cup.

Since Can has come into the starting line-up to replace the Dutchman, he has performed well for Jurgen Klopp’s side but fans were still surprised to see Wijnaldum omitted from the team.

Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

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