Georginio Wijnaldum urged Liverpool to “keep it going” after the Dutchman dragged himself off his sickbed to help the Reds’ get their title bid back on track with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
The Holland midfielder – God, according to the Mailbox – had been struggling with sickness in the 48 hours leading up to Saturday’s match, resulting in being ordered by the doctor to stay away from the team hotel the night before the game.
And even though he was still affected during the clash he played a key role, including a brilliant lob over Artur Boruc for Liverpool’s second.
“Thursday night I had a tablet from the doctor for my knee. It was a tablet that could induce stomach pains,” said Wijnaldum, was named man of the match.
“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 said ‘Do you think you can play?’ I said I was as positive as I can. 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 to get to the toilet. I was like ‘Oh no!’. I ran inside and I managed to control it!”