Which players are struggling to be fit for Liverpool vs. Manchester United?…
Just as Liverpool looked to be moving towards a fully fit squad for the first time in ages, they’ve suffered a succession of injury setbacks over the past fortnight.
Midfielder Adam Lallana and defender Dejan Lovren both picked up groin issues during the 2-1 win at Swansea City on October 1.
The duo were subsequently unable to report for international duty and were joined in the treatment room by full-back Nathaniel Clyne, who felt discomfort in his knee following the same game.
Of the three, Lallana is the biggest doubt for Monday’s mouth-watering clash against rivals Manchester United at Anfield.
His absence could be compounded by that of fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who reported back from representing his native Netherlands with a hamstring strain.
Emre Can is the most obvious candidate to replace the summer arrival from Newcastle United, while Philippe Coutinho could drop deeper to allow Daniel Sturridge to come in for Lallana.
Elsewhere, youngsters Joe Gomez (calf) and Sheyi Ojo (back) continue to be unavailable for selection, although the former has finally returned to team training a year after sustaining a season-ending ACL injury.
The visitors have far fewer known injury concerns ahead of their short journey down the M6, with just two recognisable first team players struggling.
They are £27million Armenian signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan (thigh) and England defender Phil Jones (knee).
The former is expected to be available but it will be a massive surprise to see Jones make his first appearance of the season.
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