Liverpool fans are still reeling from Alisson's last-minute heroics against West Brom, but midfielder Gini Wijnaldum seemed to take it all calmly in his stride on the pitch.
The Reds' Premier League match, a vital one in their fight for a top-four spot, looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw on Sunday. Until Alisson came up for a 94th-minute header and rose to thump it past Sam Johnstone into the net.
The reaction of the overjoyed Liverpool players was to instantly swarm the goalkeeper. Except for Wijnaldum, who began to walk over to the huddle, before breaking into a slow jog.
I've seen Mo Salah celebrate his numerous goals but none surpasses his celebration of Alisson's winner. That's why it baffles me when some keep banging on about his commitment to Liverpool. Keep an eye on Wijnaldum though pic.twitter.com/f3JeqPFknP- The 39th Game (@FunkyNab) May 17, 2021
Rather than just attributing to this to the Dutchman's easygoing nature, some LFC fans on Twitter have said the leisurely reaction is proof that he "doesn't care about the club one bit".
The 30-year-old's contract with Liverpool expires in the summer and it's widely believed that he's likely to leave Anfield rather than sign a new deal, with Barcelona regularly linked to the player.
I don't want to sound like an a**hole but that should be the last of Gini Wijnaldum in a LFC shirt.- Punnen Thomas Modisseril (@PModisseril) May 16, 2021
A 95th minute winner and he doesn't even celebrate. Guy is off.
look at everyone sprinting towards alisson except wijnaldum. he genuinely doesn't care anymore pic.twitter.com/t03YdplDkw- Alex (@lfcalexx) May 16, 2021
Watched this many times and i couldnt help noticing Gini didnt celebrate the goal https://t.co/M2z1vch1gV- Lloyd (@Meltakoyd) May 17, 2021
After the celebrations after the Alisson goal, Gini Wijnaldum can well and truly leave my club this summer.- Luke Baxter (@lukeb757) May 17, 2021
Wijnaldum showed no emotion towards the winning goal get him out my club ASAP- Jake :goat: (@RIPJakeFutbol) May 16, 2021
Gini Wijnaldum get out of my fucking club. Goalkeepers scored a last minute goal and he turns the other way. Not even arsed pic.twitter.com/Hay0bV9bfL- gab :flag_ps: (@lfcgabby) May 16, 2021
The fact that Wijnaldum looks set to leave Liverpool in a few months, coupled with his chilled reaction to Alisson's dramatic late goal, have had some Liverpool supporters questioning his desire.
Wijnaldum has been a big part of Liverpool's success in the last five years. He scored two of the goals in Liverpool's famous 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg win at Anfield, which put the Reds into the 2019 final. He also started in the 2-0 win over Tottenham that followed.
Other Liverpool fans defended the player, who came on in the West Brom game as a late substitute, while Wijnaldum himself tweeted his congrats to Alisson post-match.
Just because Gini didn't celebrate the way you wanted him to, doesn't mean he doesn't care. Give it a rest and enjoy a MASSIVE win! #LFC- The Crab Man (@The_Crab_Man_) May 16, 2021
I swear a part of Liverpool FT is so so bad at times. The most ridiculous thing which I've heard today is that Gini didn't celebrate with Alisson.- Rithwik Rajendran (@rithwikrajendra) May 17, 2021
This anti-Gini agenda is so boring & nauseous.
But many supporters are questioning Wijnaldum's place in the squad for the last two games of this season, as Liverpool have struggled and it becomes increasingly clear he is set to leave the club this summer.
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