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Wijnaldum Doubtful Ahead of Manchester United Clash

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The midfielder was substituted in the second half of the Netherlands' 1-0 defeat against France with a hamstring injury.

Netherlands v Belarus - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
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The October international break had to claim an unwilling victim at some stage, such is the nature of this capricious beast. When Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum was substituted on 62 minutes against France, it was clear that he was injured as he limped off. A hamstring injury is suspected, but now the question surrounds its severity.

Adam Lallana is also doubtful for the big game against Manchester United on Monday with a groin injury, meaning that Liverpool might have to field a much-changed midfield at Anfield. Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, and Philippe Coutinho aren't exactly reserve players, but it would break the understanding that has developed up till now.

In all of Liverpool's seven Premier League games so far this season, the midfield has consisted of Henderson holding with Lallana and Wijnaldum ahead of him. All three have made their own respective contributions in attack—particularly Adam Lallana—but the cohesion in supporting both attack and defence has been particularly impressive. Who thought Henderson could thrive in his current role? Did anyone see Lallana starring in central midfield?

As for Wijnaldum, he has been the quieter of the trio but has still displayed his own qualities as a player who fits what Jürgen Klopp needs from his players. To see what Wijnaldum provides when Liverpool are with and without the ball is to understand what the manager needs. Losing Wijnaldum to injury would be an unwelcome development, but Liverpool at least have excellent options to keep the momentum going.

As expected, Georginio Wijnaldum will be assessed by the club's medical staff as soon as possible to ascertain just how serious the injury actually is.