By Emma Sanders
Giorginio Wijnaldum sustained a hamstring injury during Holland’s 1-0 defeat against France on Monday evening and is a major doubt for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United.
If the Liverpool star misses out he is likely to be replaced by Emre Can, who has played as a deep-lying midfielder on many occasions in the past.
Can has made just three appearances for Liverpool in midfield this season as the young German recovers from a lengthy time off after competing in the European Championship final.
However, Jurgen Klopp will have to make at least one change to the starting XI which featured against Swansea City before the international break due to Wijnaldum’s injury and Can is the most obvious replacement.
Marko Grujic, who had an assured display for Serbia’s under-21s this weekend, is also in contention but it’s the German midfielder who’ll likely get the nod.
Klopp is also likely to start Roberto Firmino in attack after the Brazilian’s scintillating form continued with a goal during Brazil’s 5-0 victory against Bolivia.
His compatriot, Philippe Coutinho, should also start after netting a goal of his own in the Brazil victory.
The in-form duo, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane are expected to be named in the starting XI despite the England star missing his side’s clashes against Malta and Slovenia due to an injury picked up in the Swansea victory.
Lallana’s had two weeks to recover during the international break and, with it only being reported as a minor injury, he should be back in action.
Jordan Henderson is also likely to take up his usual starting position in midfield alongside Can despite having a busy week with England.
The big absentee will likely be Daniel Sturridge, who has started only three of Liverpool’s opening seven league fixtures this season and played out wide in one of those as Firmino emerges as the first choice spearhead.
In other Liverpool team news, fans react on Twitter to the news of Wijnaldum’s injury whilst playing for Holland.