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Virgil van Dijk's reaction to Georginio Wijnaldum's goal vs Bournemouth

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Liverpool bounced back from draws against Leicester and West Ham with a comfortable 3-0 win against Bournemouth at the weekend.

At the end of January, Jurgen Klopp’s side had the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the table.

However, they went into their home clash against Bournemouth in second by the virtue of goal difference - although they did have a game in hand.

And Liverpool ensured they got their title bid back on track with a much-needed three points.

Man City’s 6-0 win against Chelsea on Sunday saw them drop back down to second but Liverpool will hope to gain momentum by returning to winning ways.

The atmosphere inside Anfield was brilliant from start to finish with Trent Alexander-Arnold claiming he’d never seen anything like it.

“I said to Jordan Henderson that I’d never seen Anfield like that at 3pm on Saturday,” the right-back said after the match.

“The scarves, the flags, the banners: it was something that I hadn’t really experienced.

“It was something new to me. We needed this to push on.”

Of course, Sadio Mane’s 24th-minute header helped matters.

And when Georginio Wijnaldum scored with a beautiful lob 10 minutes later, it was effectively game over.

It was only the Dutchman’s second goal of the season and many fans would have been surprised to see him in that position and finishing with such aplomb.

Liverpool FC v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

One man that definitely was surprised was his compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

Footage from Inside Anfield has revealed how Van Dijk appeared to be in disbelief that Wijnaldum had got himself into the box and lobbed the ball perfectly over Artur Boruc.

VAN DIJK'S REACTION TO WIJNALDUM'S LOB

Take a look:

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Brilliant.

Considering that finish, you wouldn’t have thought that the midfielder had been struggling with illness on the eve of the match.

However, Wijnaldum revealed the true extent of his stomach problems.

“On Thursday night I had a tablet from the doctor for my knee,” said the 28-year-old, who missed the West Ham knee with his knee issue.

Liverpool FC v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

“It was a tablet that could induce stomach pains. I took it and I had a pain and thought it was from the tablet. In the end I was vomiting and everyone was a little bit scared. I didn’t train on Friday and I didn’t sleep at the hotel either because they thought I might infect other players.

“The manager called me and asked if I could play. I said I was as positive as I can be. In the morning I was still weak and had diarrhoea. The tablets helped a lot but even at half-time I had to run off quickly to get to the toilet. At half-time I thought: ‘Oh no’ but I ran inside and managed to control it!”

Topics:
Football
Virgil van Dijk
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Sadio Mane
Georginio Wijnaldum
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
Jordan Henderson
Bournemouth
Liverpool

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