BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks says Liverpool star will have made Jurgen Klopp ‘panic’

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks praised Georginio Wijnaldum’s display for Liverpool against Bournemouth , adding that he’d have made Jurgen Klopp ‘panic’ before the game.

The Dutchman climbed off his sickbed to score the Reds’ second in their 3-0 win over the Cherries, which came as a perfect response to recent draws against Leicester and West Ham .

And both Klopp and James Milner detailed the midfielder’s struggles before the game.

“He had diarrhoea and vomiting two nights earlier so couldn’t come to the team hotel,” said Klopp on Saturday.

“He had pretty much everything you don’t want to have two nights before a game. Then he said, after a couple of hours sleep, ‘I feel good, I can play’.”

Milner added: “He was nowhere to be seen yesterday and then he produces a performance like that.”

And former Tottenham forward Crooks heaped praise on the Dutchman as he selected him in his Premier League team of the weekend alongside Liverpool duo Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino.

“Sickness and diarrhoea can sweep through a club like wildfire,” wrote Crooks .

“So imagine when one of your star players comes to training suffering from the symptoms. Panic ensues!

“Not so with Liverpool and Georginio Wijnaldum. The Netherlands international insisted he could play and produced an outstanding performance against a Bournemouth side outclassed from start to finish.”

In selecting Robertson, Crooks added that the Scotsman: “Is a striker’s dream and the best (left-back) I’ve seen since Ashley Cole.”

While in selecting Firmino – who didn’t score in the game, unlike fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – Crooks added: “He makes Liverpool tick in the same way Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho used to.

“I also selected him just to prove (as rumour has it) that you don’t have to score goals to make my team.”