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Report: Anthony Martial injury doubt to face Liverpool; assessment today

Anthony Martial is an injury doubt to face Liverpool, according to reports. Manchester United will assess the striker on Thursday.

This comes from the Daily Mail. They say that Anthony Martial picked up a late injury against Burnley and may not face Liverpool.

It happened when taking a shot at Turf Moor that left the player limping. Manchester United will assess his hamstring on Thursday morning.

‘Club sources’ say it’s not bad as first feared, though. But that appears to merely upgrade Martial from ‘definitely out’ to ‘possibly fit’.

United face a wait to see if they can use the £36m man at Anfield, then.

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It’s not a boost for Liverpool, as such, but we’ll take all the help we can get. Not because we doubt the Reds can win this one but because we really, really need to win it.

This is an enormous game and both teams will want to be at full strength. Which is probably still underselling it.

This is the biggest game in English football and this is the biggest it has been since 2009 – that does a better job of getting across what this game means.

Liverpool have their own injury problems, of course. Again, we’re underselling that. Liverpool are crippled by injuries.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez certainly won’t play. Joel Matip might – but he didn’t train on Wednesday. He’s facing a race against time, to put it mildly.

Diogo Jota is out, too, limiting numbers in attack. But none of this is news as Liverpool have battled with it for a while.

But the Matip and Martial injuries feel key. They could really swing this game one way or the other.

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If Matip is fit and Martial is out, things feel a lot more secure at Anfield. The other way around? That’s a scary thought.

But Liverpool would certainly rather have both fit than neither. Matip just feels crucial to this one as the Reds attempt to handle United’s counter-attack.

We’ll wait and see how it goes, then. Part one should be known by the afternoon.

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