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Wijnaldum promised Van Dijk a goal against Wolves

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Georginio Wijnaldum (Getty Images)
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Georginio Wijnaldum says he promised Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk that he would score against Wolves on Sunday.

Wijnaldum netted his side's second as the Reds went on to win 4-0 against Nuno Espirito Santo's men.

The Dutchman has previously revealed how he found it "difficult" to manage Van Dijk's absence; his compatriot is likely out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

But the centre-back, who has begun his rehabilitation, was at Anfield on Sunday as a show of support. Indeed, Wijnaldum has revealed his pre-match conversation with the defender.

"I already said that every goal I score this year I will dedicate to him because we all miss him," Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com.

"It was great to have him back. He said to me in the dressing room, 'I want to see something today, I want a goal' so I said: 'No problem!'"

Wijnaldum's goal came on a classic counterattack by Jurgen Klopp's men, with the midfielder curling the ball into the top corner.

However, while Liverpool's attack was on song, their defence kept another clean sheet.

Fabinho and Joel Matip are Klopp's favoured centre-back pairing and had another solid match at the back.

But goalkeeper Caiomhin Kelleher, who had earned a second successive start, did not disappoint either. The 22-year-old, who is in for Alisson, put in another fantastic display.

Asked for his take on the goalkeeper's performance, Wijnaldum said: "Unbelievable. You see the kind of saves that he made today and also against Ajax, that helped us a lot also during the game.

"Like I just said, if it's 1-0 and you concede a goal then the other team will get confidence and then you have to work harder again to score another goal and he kept us in the game.

"So yeah, a really big compliment to Caoimhin."

Liverpool return to action on Wednesday when they face Midtjylland in their final Champions League group stage game.

Klopp's men have already topped their group, meaning a host of youngsters could play.

- TEAMtalk media

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