Liverpool are reportedly remaining positive that midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will return from a hip injury to face Manchester United on Monday night.
The Dutch international limped off during his side’s 1-0 defeat to France in a World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam, sparking fears that he may be sidelined for a signifiant period of time.
However, according to the Liverpool Echo, no timescale has yet to be put on his recovery with Jurgen Klopp yet to rule out the possibility that Wijnaldum will feature in the game at Anfield against Liverpool’s fierce rivals.
The former Newcastle United ace has become an integral part of the team having established himself as Jordan Henderson’s midfield partner so far this season with eight appearances in all competitions thus far.
In turn, his absence will be a blow for Klopp who would have hoped to have been able to maintain that same balance in his side and gain more consistency with his starting line-up.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t appear as though the 25-year-old has been ruled out as of yet, but the Echo goes on to add that either Emre Can or Lucas Leiva will be told to step in and cover him should it be decided that he is too much of a risk.
Meanwhile, the report goes on to add that although both Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren withdrew from international duty last week due to injury, the pair have both resumed training and are expected to be at Klopp’s disposal on Monday night.
As a result, the focus will be on Wijnaldum’s recovery, with Liverpool hoping to have the Dutch international available for selection to put out the best possible line-up against their bitter rivals in what will be an important game for both clubs to secure a positive result.