Monday 24 October 2016

Lallana remains a doubt for big United clash

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana. Pic: Reuters
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana. Pic: Reuters

Liverpool are confident Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren will be fit for the visit of Manchester United on Monday week.

But the Reds are still sweating on the availability of Adam Lallana after the midfielder limped out of last Saturday's win at Swansea City.

Lallana, whose impressive form has seen him nominated for Premier League player of the month, has been undergoing intensive treatment at Melwood having injured his groin midway through the first half against the Swans.

He was instantly withdrawn from the England squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

And while Liverpool have not yet ruled Lallana out of the United clash at Anfield on Monday, October 17, they are closely monitoring his progress with no decision being made over his inclusion until nearer the match. Clyne was also ruled out of England's double-header having played through the pain barrier with a knee problem in recent weeks.

Liverpool, though, 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. However, Jurgen Klopp expects to be able to call on the centre-back when the Reds' Premier League campaign resumes.

Meanwhile, Divock Origi has dismissed rumours of a January move to Italian champions Juventus - but admits he must be patient for his first-team chance at Liverpool. "I've not heard it. It's a rumour, as there are many," he said. "Klopp believes in me and says I have to be patient. I want to play and be the decisive player than I was last season."

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