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Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum explains argument with Frank de Boer in Holland win

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The Liverpool midfielder looked very annoyed when he was taken off (Picture: NOS)

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has played down his pitch-side disagreement with Netherlands boss Frank de Boer after being subbed off in Saturday’s win over Latvia.

The Oranje bounced back from their midweek defeat to Turkey by securing a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong, with 5,000 fans in attendance to see the side kickstart their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Not long after Holland’s second goal, De Boer rang the changes with a triple substitution in the 79th minute – though Wijnaldum looked far from pleased to be taken off.

Wijnaldum was annoyed to be taken off with 10 minutes left (Picture: NOS)

The Liverpool star exchanged heated words with his under-pressure manager as he walked off the pitch to the dugout, though he insists they have resolved their differences and he simply wanted to stay on as he felt he could score.

‘My substitution? Yes I was a bit disappointed. But we shouldn’t make it bigger than it is,’ Wijnaldum told NOS after the game.

‘I wanted to remain on the pitch because I had the feeling that I could score another goal because Latvia were becoming more open in their defence.

‘But me and the coach have already talked about it, it’s nothing bad.

‘You have fun in the game and you don’t really want to be taken off. But you also have players on the bench, of course, and I also think this is a good time to put them in to keep the feeling across the team as good as possible.

Wijnaldum was replaced by Donny van de Beek late on (Picture: Getty)

‘So on the one hand I was very disappointed, but on the other hand it is also good for the group process when other guys play too.’

Along with Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay was also not best pleased to be taken off, with De Boer telling NOS: ‘Memphis wanted to score and he was close a few times, I think he was more concerned with that than the substitution.

‘Gini has played so much, I told him to understand that we are a squad of 24 players and they also need to get the feeling that they belong.’

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