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. In the morning I was still weak and had diarrhoea I must say the tablets helped a lot. "I ran inside and I managed to control it!"
That should have been no surprise; all three average well in excess of two points per game, with at least 20 wins each from their 26 or 27 league fixtures so far this term.
"We had two draws in a row and that didn't feel that good", said Wijnaldum.
"But if we had been told that at the beginning [of the season] you will have this kind of points  everyone would have taken it".
"It could be better but we must appreciate where we stand".
It was only the Dutchman's second goal of the season and many fans would have been surprised to see him in that position and finishing with such aplomb. He is just trying to get us going and it's obviously worked.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is taking the squad to the Spanish resort of Marbella for a warm-weather training break this week.
"We have to see how it is going to work".
"But that result for City [against Chelsea] has confirmed after their hiccup, they're saying: "We're banged at it, this is how we're going to finish the season". In that time Neville has won eight Premier League titles for Manchester United and knows what it takes to come out on top in a tense title race.
His 14 league goals in 32 league starts for I Giallorossi saw Roma make the move permanent with a $15.5 million transfer in June 2016, and the Egyptian star netted 15 more times in 29 league starts before Liverpool secured his services in a $44 million move. Nobody would have predicted last season's 13th-placed and 14th-placed clubs, Leeds United and Norwich City, to be occupying the summit of the table just less than a year later.