By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are sweating on the availability of Adam Lallana for the visit of Manchester United on Monday week, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim Lallana is undergoing intensive treatment at the Merseyside club’s training base on his injured groin and is doubtful for the Anfield clash.
It is said Liverpool have not yet ruled Lallana out of the United showdown on Monday, October 17, but they are closely monitoring his progress with no decision being made over his inclusion until nearer the match.
But Liverpool are confident Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne will be fit to play against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Lallana, whose impressive form has seen him nominated for Premier League player of the month, injured his groin midway through the first half of last Saturday’s 2-1 win against Swansea.
He was instantly withdrawn from the England squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.
Clyne was also ruled out of England’s double-header having played through the pain barrier with a knee problem in recent weeks.
But Liverpool believe the right-back will benefit from the extended break.
Lovren, meanwhile, was forced to pull out of Croatia’s World Cup qualifiers this week against Kosovo and Finland with a groin problem of his own sustained in the closing moments at the Liberty Stadium over the weekend.
However, the report states Jurgen Klopp expects to be able to call on the centre-back when the Reds’ Premier League campaign resumes.
In other Liverpool team news, two of the side’s players have been nominated for the Premier League player of the month award.