By Alex Stevens
Four Liverpool senior players are doubts for the team’s Premier League showdown against Manchester United next weeks.
The official United website has detailed in an early team news bulletin ahead of the Anfield clash that the Merseysiders are anxious over the availability of Adam Lallana (groin) and Georginio Wijnaldum (hamstring).
It is said that Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne also need to prove their fitness to manager Jurgen Klopp.
But Emre Can is likely to be an option after recovering from the ankle injury he sustained against Burton Albion in the League Cup.
The Liverpool Echo reported on Tuesday that Lallana is yet to return to training as he faces a race against time to be fit for the fixture on Monday night of next week.
The report claims the Merseysiders still hope the attacking midfielder will be able to feature but his groin injury remains a source of concern for Klopp and his staff.
Wijnaldum faces a scan on Wednesday after pulling up with a hamstring injury in Holland’s 1-0 defeat to France on Monday night.
Lovren and Clyne, who pulled out of the England squad, have niggling injuries but are expected to be available to face United.
Lallana suffered his injury in the early stages of Liverpool’s recent 2-1 league win against Swansea, which ruled him out of international duty with England.
Liverpool have not struggled in front of goal in the new campaign, bagging 18 goals from their first seven fixtures.
However, Lallana has been key to the Reds’ attack, assisting three goals and scoring three himself in eight appearances.
Fans of the Merseysiders will be hoping that if he does miss the match that his loss won’t effect the team too much against their fierce rivals, which see’s Klopp’s fourth-placed side take on Jose Mourinho’s sixth-place visitors.
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