Liverpool have been dealt a significant advantage ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United as Marcus Rashford has been confirmed as a doubt for the fixture.
Rashford, 22, was forced to leave the field on the 80th-minute mark after being on the pitch for just 16 minutes during the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory over Wolves in an FA Cup third-round replay.
The England international is United’s top-scorer this season with 19 goals in all competitions as well as five assists.
Despite his young age, Rashford has already made 200 appearances for his boyhood club – he has 64 goals and 31 assists since making his debut in February 2016.
Rashford’s potential loss is a gargantuan blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who currently sit fifth in the Premier League table – 27 points off league leaders Liverpool despite playing a game more.
The young striker’s absence is even more of a setback considering Rashford has scored three goals in his previous three bouts with the European champions.
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A massive boost for Liverpool supporters who will know all but two well just how effective Rashford can be against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
It was indeed Rashford that gave Trent Alexander-Arnold his first real baptism of fire after the two countrymen went head-to-head in March 2018. The United forward scored an impressive brace after getting the better of the then Liverpool teenager – since that crushing 2-1 defeat, Alexander-Arnold has become the best right-back currently in world football.
Also, in a squad that has faded over the years, Rashford is arguably the only United player – excluding David de Gea – who can be considered a game-changer and on the verge of being labelled ‘world-class’.
Liverpool will take what they can get and will be further boosted by their own injury news that could see Fabinho and Joel Matip back in the matchday squad following a significant period on the sidelines.