By Alex Stevens
Georginio Wijnaldum suffered a hamstring injury during Holland’s World Cup qualifier against France on Monday night – and Liverpool fans reacted with dismay on Twitter.
The Dutchman went down clutching his hamstring an hour into the Group A clash and was substituted, as his side limped to a 1-0 defeat to Didier Deschamp’s side.
Wijnaldum left the field at the Amsterdam Arena without any assistance but his injury will be a major scare for Liverpool ahead of their Premier League showdown against bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield next Monday.
The Merseysiders will anxiously await updates from the Holland medical staff on a player who has been a key player this season.
Liverpool fans on Twitter slammed the international break but claimed an injury to Wijnaldum opens up the opportunity for fit-again Emre Can to be restored to the starting line-up.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@ncahill1 I think he will be. Hope Wijnaldum’s injury won’t be too serious though. He’s been very good so far
— David Dodd (@CrocodileDoddee) October 10, 2016
Why is it always are players that get injured on international duty Wijnaldum better be okay or I’ll hunt down that Dutch coach!
— KLOPP DAWN (@adamgottalent) October 10, 2016
Wijnaldum gets injured, not the worse situation as Emre Can is back
— StevieG (@muhammed_kp) October 10, 2016
Imagine only having emre can to replace wijnaldum!!!!
— 5 times (@thepunkmonkey) October 10, 2016
Disgusted with Wijnaldum’s injury. Definitely hate International Breaks. #LFC
— Nash Black (@Nash__Black) October 10, 2016
Wijnaldum injured …. means game for Can?
— ↠’#RadzJeewa∞♥. (@RadzJeewa_14) October 10, 2016
— AHMED LULAT (@AhmedLulat) October 10, 2016
The 25-year-old has started all seven of Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures since his £25million move from Newcastle in the summer and has established an increasingly impressive central midfield partnership with Jorda Henderson.
The possibility Wijnaldum will be absent does represent a chance for Can to win his place back in the side, having struggled to earn much playing time this season.
The Germany international stepped up his bid to regain his spot in the team with a fine display in a 5-0 demolition of Bradford in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Sunday night.
In other Liverpool news, Sky claim this is the player the Merseysiders are most likely to sign in the January transfer window.