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Georginio Wijnaldum included in Liverpool squad for Club World Cup

:Headline: Georginio Wijnaldum included in Liverpool squad for Club World Cup:
The Dutchman appeared to suffer an injury against Watford.
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Georginio Wijnaldum has been included in Liverpool’s Club World Cup squad in spite of injury fears, but Dejan Lovren has had to admit defeat in his bid to be fit for the tournament.

Midfielder Wijnaldum appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford which, after Leicester’s draw, saw the Reds’ lead at the top extended to 10 points, but he was named among the 20-man party which flew out to Qatar on Sunday.

Defender Lovren, though, will not travel as a result of the hamstring problem he suffered during Tuesday night’s Champions League victory in Salzburg.

Liverpool enter the Club World Cup at the semi-final stage on Wednesday, with Mexican side Monterrey their opponents in Doha.

A statement on the club’s official website confirmed Lovren’s omission and Wijnaldum’s inclusion.

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

Eighteen-year-olds Curtis Jones and Neco Williams were included in the squad that travelled to Qatar on Sunday. They had initially been expected to fly out after the Villa game, the team for which will as a result be even more weakened than anticipated.

It was not a straightforward 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 Ismaila Sarr all missed, with Alisson Becker producing two good saves early in the second half.

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.

“We are capable but we have to start making it happen.”
- Watford boss Nigel Pearson

“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
1Liverpool21201050143661
2Manchester CityMan City22152562253747
3Leicester CityLeicester22143547212645
4Chelsea22123739291039
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd2297636251134
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd228862421332
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2271053128331
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs228683631530
9Crystal Palace227872024-429
10Arsenal2261062931-228
11Everton2284102532-728
12Southampton2284102739-1228
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2275102134-1326
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2266102530-524
15Burnley2273122437-1324
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2164112533-822
17Watford2257102034-1422
18Aston Villa2263132843-1521
19Bournemouth2255122035-1520
20Norwich CityNorwich2235142245-2314
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