It’s a bit strange that neither Holland or Italy will play at the World Cup, which starts in nine days’ time…
But the two footballing giants failed to qualify for the tournament that starts in Russia imminently.
They did however play last night, with both Liverpool’s Dutchmen Gini Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk starting.
The latter skippers Netherlands and put in a largely commanding performance, although he was beaten at the near post by Simone Zaza for Italy’s goal.
Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake equalised late on and the match ended 1-1 at the Juventus Stadium.
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Wijnaldum was interestingly up against Jorginho, a former Liverpool target, in midfield.
He usually helps Napoli dominate possession, but it was Holland who had 54% of the ball, with Gini actually out-passing Jorginho on the night.
The Italian is likely to join Manchester City at some stage this summer, after we decided to bring in Brazilian international Fabinho instead.
Van Dijk will be an automatic starter next season, but Wijnaldum may have to work a little harder to get into the side with Fabinho, Naby Keita and potentially Nabil Fekir all arriving to fight for midfield spots!