Georginio Wijnaldum made a “class” gesture to injured Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman has been without the centre-back both at Anfield and on the international stage, following an ACL tear in the Merseyside derby.
It has seen Van Dijk ruled out for most of the season as Jurgen Klopp battles for centre-back options.
Liverpool’s injury woes, though, have not affected Wijnaldum as he has only missed one game in the 2020/21 campaign.
And the 30-year-old’s confidence was showing for the Netherlands in their latest Nations League match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The midfielder put his side ahead after just six minutes, driving into the penalty box to finish off a low cross from Denzel Dumfries.
While Wijnaldum was in the right place at the right time for the second, latching onto Steven Berghuis’ header to the centre of the penalty box.
And the Liverpool star’s second goal saw him celebrate by putting his right hand under his chin and wiggle his fingers.
This is the same celebration that injured team-mate Van Dijk uses, seeing the midfielder make a tribute to his Dutch pal.
Memphis Depay scored the third goal as Holland made it 3-1 in the Nations League.
These images were shared on Twitter, where the Anfield faithful were delighted to see Wijnaldum’s gesture.
“Class – nice gesture from him,” one supporter said.
Another commented: “What a friendship.”
While a third simply dded: “Great tribute.”
Wijnaldum was linked with an exit over the summer amid interest from Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, who worked with him on the international stage.
But the midfielder has since responded furiously to speculation about his contract situation at Anfield.
Van Dijk is not the only defender on Liverpool’s injury list as Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have all picked up knocks since the beginning of October.
It could mean that the Premier League champions dip into the transfer market this January, making a four-man shortlist of centre-backs.
But they could also make an £18million swoop for Olympiakos defender Ruben Semedo as a short-term option.
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