Ahead of their much anticipated encounter with fierce rivals Manchester United, Liverpool have been left sweating on the fitness of Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, after the former Newcastle United man picked up an injury during the international break. Wijnaldum was part of a Holland side hoping to start their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign off in a winning manner having missed out on the recent European Championships in France. However, Wijnaldum’s injury was compounded by Paul Pogba, who scored the only goal of the game in Amsterdam, giving the Euro 2016 finalists a crucial three points. With just two points separating the two most successful teams in English football, there is little to separate the duo in the football betting odds among bookmakers. However, the absence of Wijnaldum, who has played a key role since his arrival to Anfield, could well swing the bookies odds in United’s favour.
France certainly showed why they are the favourites in the online football betting markets to finish top of their qualifying group, ahead of the likes of Sweden, Bulgaria and indeed the Netherlands. Following criticism over his recent performances for Jose Mourinho’s men, Pogba silenced his critics with a long range effort during the first half for France. Should Wijnaldum recover sufficiently to face off against United, he will almost certainly come up against the former Juventus man again, with both men hoping to come out on top. Wijnaldum, who signed from Newcastle for £25m in the summer, has impressed for the Reds this season having started every league game.
Elsewhere, as if the clash needed more spicing up, the fixture could see Wayne Rooney come up against stand in England Captain Jordan Henderson, with England’s all-time leading scorer being dropped by caretaker manager Gareth Southgate for their away fixture against Slovenia. Despite many assuming that Mourinho will once again name Rooney on the bench for Monday’s encounter, Rooney is still among the favourites in the football betting to score at Anfield. However, for those of you who simply cannot wait this long, view our full range of football betting matches today.
United find themselves three points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men, and a whole six points behind city rivals Manchester City at the top of the table, and will be desperate to secure a much needed victory having struggled of late. The arrivals of Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimović at the start of the season renewed optimism at Old Trafford, with many punters backing them for the title in the Premier League betting odds. However, defeats to both City and Watford, as well as a recent home draw with Stoke City has left them in sixth position.