International break is a massive bore. Not only that, but for many Managers it is also a massive inconvenience.
When you have one of the biggest acid tests of the season shortly following country fixtures, it’s easy to see why a manager may be reluctant to allow their star man off to have their leg trodden on by a part-time carpet fitter from a shithole country no one can point out on a map.
Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp were left hoping that their lads sent out for duty returned safe and unscathed ahead of the huge game on Monday night.
Up to eight players are doubtful to be fully fit for the match. If that’s not enough to keep you awake at night, I’m not sure what is.
Despite being the sort of player that has left you screaming at your TV in the past: “Why is he doing that?! He only gets picked because he has a nice name. If his surname was Roberts no one would be interested!” Lallana has looked outstanding in the early stages of the season.
He is currently nursing a groin injury and looks highly unlikely to play on Monday.
Liverpool suffered a major blow last night, as new signing Wijnaldum picked up a hamstring injury whilst playing for his country, Holland. He hobbled off during the second half of the 1-0 defeat to France and looks as though he could be side-lined for a while.
Like Lallana, Lovren is another Liverpool player out with a groin strain. He missed international duty and Klopp will be hoping he can return alongside Joel Matip on Monday night.
You’ve probably forgotten who this lad is by now, who is definitely ruled out of the game due to an Achilles injury. He missed most of last season and looks as though it’ll be a while til’ he’s back on the pitch.
Out for a few weeks with a knee problem, Clyne was not involved in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and is unlikely to return next week.
Jose and the United medical staff (come on, it was definitely all Jose) stopped Mkhitarayan from playing in Armenia’s matches against Romania and Poland, to allow him to continue his recovery from a thigh strain. Fans are still waiting to see him in action, but it seems possible he will be left out as a precaution.
Jones is injured and won’t feature. No news there, then…
After being hit with a double whammy, a groin injury and the flu, Shaw has not featured for club or country. Mourinho suggested he is almost ready return, and it will be interesting to see whether he will opt for him or Daley Blind in the left-back spot.
Despite injuries, Liverpool are to take the victory under the floodlights at Anfield and make it four consecutive league wins. Manchester United are currently priced at , although they beat their arch-rivals both home and away last season.