Liverpool are set to take on their biggest enemies Manchester United in the Premier League next Monday, and the levels of tension have begun rising already in both camps.
After spending a few seasons below their expected levels, both the teams now look rejuvenated. And with top class managers like Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho at the helm of these two English powerhouses, the upcoming clash is bound to be the biggest one in many years.
And as expected before a huge game, a few conspiracy theories have found their way to the surface as well. The one currently making the rounds all over the internet involves Liverpool’s Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum has been an important part of Klopp’s Liverpool side, and has started every Premier League game for the Reds this season.
His decent form led to him getting called up for International duty with the Netherlands national team, which is currently coached by Danny Blind – the man who also happens to be the father of Manchester United player Daley Blind.
Whilst playing for Holland in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers on Monday, Wijnaldum picked up a hamstring injury, and was therefore subbed off in the second half during their Group A encounter against France. However, coach Blind later revealed that the player had expressed concerns about a possible injury during the half-time.
“He told me during half-time he felt his hamstring. He couldn’t finish the game,” Blind revealed. And yet, he sent the Liverpool man on for the second half, and only subbed him off in the 65th minute, when the player could no longer continue.
This decision of Danny Blind has led some Liverpool fans to believe that Wijnaldum’s injury concerns were purposely ignored by the Dutch boss, so as to give his son’s team an advantage in their upcoming clash against the Anfield Club.
— Newtown_steve (@Garwxn) October 11, 2016
Danny Blind left Wijnaldum on despite him feeling his hamstring at half time. You'd never guess his son plays for the team we play next.
— Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) October 11, 2016
It is not entirely impossible for the 25-year-old to get back to perfect fitness in time, but still quite unlikely. And with Adam Lallana also a major doubt for the Merseyside club, Manchester United seem to have gained a small advantage much prior to kickoff.