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Liverpool defender Matip battling to make Man Utd clash

Liverpool defender Joel Matip is struggling to make Sunday's clash with Manchester United.

The Mirror says Matip is running out of time to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday's table-topping clash with Manchester United.

It is understood the Liverpool centre half has progressed to training in specially-prepared sessions with the physios, as he returns following an adductor injury sustained against West Brom on December 27.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out long-term, Matip is vital to boss Jurgen Klopp's plans, especially with the game against United being billed as a title showdown.

Matip is back running and working with a ball on grass, but he has yet to train with the first-team squad, and Klopp would need to see him train for two sessions with his team-mates, and come through with no reaction, to be ready.

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