Here is your Liverpool injury update ahead of Monday’s crunch clash with Manchester United at Anfield.
It would seem, despite Liverpool’s change in form over the last few weeks, that Jurgen Klopp’s side are still cursed with bad luck when it comes to injuries. It may be a result of the type of game that the German coach has his team play as Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Gini Wijnaldum all have sprint-related injuries.
Nathaniel Clyne missed England’s World Cup qualifiers with a knee injury that he has been battling with a for a number of weeks. It speaks to his level of commitment that he has been playing through the pain and only conceded when the international break rolled around.
According to the Guardian, Clyne and Lovren are expected to play against Manchester United in Monday’s Premier League game, while Lallana has been “receiving intensive treatment at Melwood during the international break in a bid to be fit for United but needs monitoring on a daily basis.”
On the other hand, Wijnaldum will undergo scans today to discover the extent of his injury but is already considered as being doubtful to face Liverpool’s eternal rivals when they travel to Merseyside.
Both Lallana and Wijnaldum would be huge losses if they were to miss the game as they have both been ever-presents since the beginning of the 2016/17 season. They both overcome their critics this season and have blossomed under Jurgen Klopp to propel Liverpool into the Champions League places and within three points of the league title.
It’s still early doors, but Klopp will want all his players fit heading towards the clustered festive period as the Reds look to cement their credentials as title challengers.
Emre Can looks likely to receive his first league start of the season after the midfielder was supplanted by Wijnaldum during pre-season and then injured himself in the EFL Cup. Such is Liverpool’s squad depth that Can has had to be content with a place on the bench for the last few weeks.
Regardless of his starting 11 come Monday, Klopp will feel confident that his team can continue their blistering start to the season against Manchester United and condemn Jose Mourinho’s side to a third league defeat in eight league games. Wouldn’t that be great?
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