Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum's reaction to being blanked by Memphis Depay


Georginio Wijnaldum took over the captain's armband from Virgil van Dijk on Netherlands duty on Wednesday night. 

In his Liverpool teammate's absence, the midfielder played 45 minutes of his country's 1-1 draw with Spain. 

Frank de Boer had wanted to rest some of his key men ahead of the upcoming Nations League fixtures. 

Nathan Aké was forced off early on through injury, but the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay were also subbed as a precaution. 

That led to an awkward exchange when Memphis greeted the substitutes but for some reason, totally blanked Wijnaldum. 

It was obviously an accident by the former Manchester United winger, who eventually rectified his mistake, but it still prompted a brilliant reaction: 

Despite only playing the first half, Wijnaldum spoke afterwards of his pride at leading the Netherlands. 

"Of course it is great to represent your country in this way," Wijnaldum said, per Goal. 

"But I would have preferred for Van Dijk to have been here. Then he would have been the captain instead.

"He makes our team stronger and is still very involved with us. I had him on the phone before the game - we talked about my birthday. But I'll call him again shortly."

At least Van Dijk has been in contact, even if Memphis hasn't... 


Wijnaldum remains a much-loved figure at Liverpool, but their fans will be keen to know whether this will be his final season on Merseyside. 

The 30-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season and he recently gave a frosty response when asked whether he'd be signing a new one. 

"I can’t say anything about that,” he told Het Parool.

“Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?

“I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”

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