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Liverpool given double injury boost for Manchester United tie

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Liverpool are set to receive a double injury boost ahead of Sunday's key showdown against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Mirror, both Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho will be available to Brendan Rodgers for selection after the pair successfully completed their comeback for the Liverpool under-21s.

Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0 with Lucas playing the full 90 minutes and Sakho completing 70 minutes respectively. They were both scheduled to resume full training on Tuesday.

Lucas hasn't played for the Reds since January after injuring knee ligaments. However, the Brazilian came through the win against the Hammers feeling no ill-effects, boosting his chances of making the team for the tie against rivals Manchester United.

There is the question of what Rodgers will do if Lucas is available to him. In Lucas' absence, Steven Gerrard has been inspirational in the holding role and may maintain that position when they take on David Moyes' men.

Sakho has been lying low since December after a tearing a hamstring but completed 70 minutes without problem.

Rodgers knows a win against Manchester United will further strengthen their title challenge as well as all-but seal Manchester United's fate of finishing outside the top four.

However, a 3-0 win away to West Brom hints at a resurgence in the Red Devils ranks and Moyes knows a scalp against their arch-rivals will go a long way to appeasing worried fans.

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