Liverpool pray on Meireles fitness



Liverpool have been left sweating on the fitness of key players ahead of their crunch showdown with league leaders, Manchester United on Sunday.

Raul Meireles, Liverpools best players in recent weeks, hobbled off in the weekends clash against West Ham, following a clash with Scott Parker.

The Portuguese player has scored five goals in the last seven Liverpool games, and coach Steve Clarke revealed his withdrawal was only a precaution.

“We’re hopeful,” Clarke told Liverpool’s website.

“He had a little problem with his knee and as a precaution at the start of the second half we thought it was better to take him off.

“That gives him a better chance of being ready for the next game.

“He’ll get three or four days on the easier list and then hopefully towards the end of the week we’ll be able to put him back in the preparations for the weekend.”

Both Aurelio and Daniel Agger could be back for the big game as well.

Clarke said, “They are both on the easy list at the moment and we’re almost sure Fabio Aurelio will join us (in full training) on Thursday, and we’re hopeful Daniel will join us on Thursday or Friday at the latest.”

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