By Emma Sanders

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius demonstrated the team’s spirit on Twitter by sending a warm message to Giorginio Wijnaldum as he celebrated his birthday during the international break.

Karius wished him a happy birthday as Wijnaldum turned 26 on Friday and the club posted a message to their star midfielder on their official Twitter account.

Wijandlum joined the Reds for £30 million this summer and has been in excellent form alongside Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana in midfield.

He started in seven Liverpool fixtures between September and October but was left on the bench for their recent clashes against Watford and Crystal Palace after picking up a hip injury.

The former Newcastle man missed the goalless draw against Manchester United at Anfield through injury and returned as a substitute against West Brom the week after but has been kept out of the side by Emre Can since then.

He is still considered a hugely important player though and came on as a late substitute to score Liverpool’s sixth goal in their emohatic 6-1 victory over Watford on Sunday.

The Reds went to the top of the Premier League table following that win and have not lost a game since their 2-0 defeat against Burnley in the second weekend of the 2016-17 season.

In other Liverpool news, fans reacted on Twitter as Rafa Benitez was handed an impressive accolade.