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Ole Gunnar Solkjaer issues Martial fitness update ahead of Liverpool clash

Manchester United manager has provided an update on the fitness of Anthony Martial ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Anfield.

Liverpool will host the Red Devils looking to reclaim their place at the league summit. Jurgen Klopp and his team currently trail United by three points following their win against Burnley in midweek.

It sets up nicely, then, for arguably the biggest Premier League match of the season so far. Liverpool haven’t lost a league game at home since April 2017, while United are unbeaten in their previous 11 league matches – something will have to give at the weekend.

Ahead of the match, Solkjaer indicated that Martial could be available, with the France international limping off at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.

“I’m going to give everyone another day,” he said, as per The Independent.

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“Anthony is not out of it, the only ones certainly out are Brandon [Williams] and Phil Jones, they’re the two that definitely can’t make the game.

“A couple of others are maybe doubts. We’re hoping, fingers crossed.”

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What RTK has to say – Will Martial be given the ok?

Indeed, Martial isn’t necessarily one of United’s most fearful players, but the 25-year-old is influential under Solskjaer.

Martial has scored five times in 2020/21 but boasted an impressive 23 goals in all competitions last season.

Most notably, in his last six starts, he has scored three goals and has provided three assists.

With that said, the £58 million [BBC] man from Monaco is clearly an influential player in United’s hold-up play. He has proven very effective alongside Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

Dealing with Martial, then, will be one of Jurgen Klopp’s main priorities at the weekend.

United have scored 34 goals in the league this season, after all – only Liverpool have more (37).

For the first time in years, then, hopefully, we can expect two attack-minded teams to go toe-to-toe under the lights at Anfield come Sunday evening.

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