The Premier League is on hiatus again this week as World Cup qualification takes centre stage, with many of the Premier League’s top names in action for their respective countries.
Awaiting fans at the conclusion of the international break is the mouth-watering clash between Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday, Oct 17th. More accustomed to a prime time weekend start time, the Monday evening game is a departure for one of the Premier League’s most iconic fixture.
Despite this, expectations will be as high as ever for a physical and enthralling battle, where the spoils will not only be three points, but also bragging rights as England’s two most successful sides go head to head again.
Liverpool fans will be horrified therefore to hear that in-form midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is facing a race against time to be fit for the crucial United clash, according to the Daily Mail.
Playing for his country overnight, the Dutchman pulled up with a suspected hamstring issue during the Netherlands defeat 0-1 to France at the Amsterdam Arena. Limping from the field on the hour mark clutching his right leg, Jurgen Klopp’s £25 million summer signing now appears to be a major doubt for Monday’s Premier League fixture.
Since joining Liverpool in the summer, Wijnaldum has become a key play maker for the Merseyside club. Playing over 600 minutes across all seven league games and averaging almost 54 passes a game, his absence could well be felt against a United side stacked with world class talent.
Liverpool boss Klopp now has a nervous wait to see if the 25-year-old will return in time. However it must be said that if he has indeed damaged his hamstring, a layoff of a couple of weeks should be assumed.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena