By Jack Malone

Georginio Wijnaldum is a major injury doubt for Liverpool’s derby clash with Manchester United next week according to The Guardian.

The midfielder is currently away with the Netherlands national team and pulled up after an hour of their World Cup qualifier against France on Monday night with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Wijnaldum received some treatment for the injury on the pitch but eventually limped off to be replaced by Bas Dost.

The French won the game 1-0 thanks to a long-range strike from United star Paul Pogba in the first half, but Liverpool fans will be more concerned with the fact that one of their key players could now miss their biggest match of the season to date.

Wijnaldum has started every Premier League fixture for the Reds this season, picking up two assists in the process and has quickly become a vital cog in Jurgen Klopp’s well-oiled machine.

His £23 million summer move from relegated Newcastle United certainly raised a few eyebrows at the time, but he has since silenced the doubters with a series of outstanding performances – none more so than in the 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in September.

With Adam Lallana also a doubt for the United game, it is possible that both Emre Can and Lucas Leiva will be given a chance to impress in midfield.

However, the news on Wijnaldum will be a blow to Klopp, who would have been hoping to have his full strength starting XI fit for the vital Anfield showdown.


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