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Gini Wijnaldum didn't even take his boots to West Ham game, says Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool's 4-1 win at West Ham United last night was a fairly routine one.

Jurgen Klopp's side raced into a 2-0 lead in the first-half, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Salah's second of the game secured the points for the visitors after Manuel Lanzini pulled one back for the Hammers.

The win moves the Reds up to sixth in the Premier League table after a slow start, but they seem to have caught fire in the last week.

Liverpool have won three consecutive games by three goals, with 3-0 victories against Huddersfield and Maribor before they visited the London Stadium.

However, a bizarre story did emerge out of what had been a pretty straightforward match.

Klopp revealed after the game that Georginio Wijnaldum, who started in midfield alongside Emre Can, didn't even take his boots with him.


While speaking to the media in his post-match press conference, the former Borussia Dortmund boss said Wijnaldum wasn't actually supposed to play having limped off during Wednesday night's win against Maribor.

He was due to fly to Amsterdam to see a doctor about his injury after having a scan earlier in the week, but was called upon after Jordan Henderson was ruled out of the clash.

"We lost our skipper overnight and Gini Wijnaldum did not have his boots here," he said.

"We thought he had no chance of playing, we only brought him here so he is nearer to Amsterdam, he was flying there to see the doctor, and he played 90 minutes."

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Klopp also praised Sadio Mane on his return to the side ahead of schedule after a hamstring injury, as he got the assists for both of Salah's goals.

The German claimed he would only be ready for 20 minutes of action having taken part in just a single session before the game, but sprung a surprise by starting the Senegal international.

"The result, it feels good. We changed our approach, it was a counter-attacking line-up to use our speed from a deep situation," he stated.

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"We brought in Mane after one session. I never did it before, to be honest. It was not the worst idea I ever had!

"Mane is a naturally fit player, he could have played the 90 minutes after just one training session."

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