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Georginio Wijnaldum an injury doubt for Club World Cup

:Headline: Georginio Wijnaldum an injury doubt for Club World Cup:
The midfielder has a hamstring issue.
PA | 1mo

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has another injury problem to deal with as his squad prepares to jet off to Qatar for the Club World Cup.

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum appeared to sustain a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win over Watford which, after Leicester's draw, saw the Reds' lead at the top extended to 10 points.

On Sunday the squad fly to Doha for Wednesday's first match of the tournament but Klopp could be without another senior player having lost defender Dejan Lovren, also to a hamstring injury, in midweek.

Resources are already stretched thinly, with a youth team set to play a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa on Tuesday, and with Fabinho (ankle) and Joel Matip (knee) ruled out of games in the Middle East, Klopp can ill-afford another absentee.

Wijnaldum's injury was the only cloud on a day when Mohamed Salah took his tally to four goals in his last three matches, and 13 for the season, with a brilliant double.

First he finished off a counter-attack from a Watford corner with a superb right-footed shot over goalkeeper Ben Foster and then completed victory in the 90th minute by backheeling in substitute Divock Origi's mis-directed shot.

It was not a straight-forward victory, unbeaten Liverpool's 16th in 17 league matches this season, as Watford had three decent chances in the first half.

Troy Deeney, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ismalia Sarr all missed, with Alisson Becker producing two good saves early in the second half.

“With the Gini injury, Dejan three or four days ago, our squad is not getting bigger. That is not cool”
- Jurgen Klopp

Defeat left Watford rooted to the foot of the table on nine points, six from safety, having managed just nine league goals in 17 games.

New manager Nigel Pearson took encouragement from his first match in charge, however.

"What we have to do, all of us as staff, is to work with the players to help them find the belief themselves, we can't give them that," he said.

"We hopefully help facilitate that and give them the framework to do that but ultimately players have to go out on the field and play and they played with a lot of conviction (at Anfield).

"It's absolutely required for us to find a way of getting out of the situation we are in – and it is do-able. We are capable but we have to start making it happen."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23221054153967
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester24153652242848
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd249783629734
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs249783832634
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2481063532334
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Burnley2493122838-1030
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2365122738-1123
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2445152447-2317
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