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Liverpool Dealt Massive Injury Blow Ahead Of Southampton Clash [Report]

Liverpool will travel to Southampton this weekend, but a former Saint has reportedly been ruled out.

Midfielder Adam Lallana was taken off during England’s 2-2 draw against Spain at Wembley after less than half an hour, having opened the scoring, and the groin injury he suffered will stop him from making the St. Mary’s reunion on Saturday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15:  Nacho of Spain evades Adam Lallana of England during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail are alleging that while the injury, a recurrence of one picked up earlier in the campaign, will rule him out this weekend, it is not serious and he could even return to training next week ahead of making a comeback against Sunderland the following Saturday.

That the injury is not serious will be a relief to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, it is still a huge blow to his plans for this weekend. Lallana has been an instrumental player in the side’s brilliant form this season, operating as the go-between between the midfield and dynamic attack.

Indeed, the last Premier League match Lallana didn’t start was the 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United in October – and it was no coincidence that it was the last game in which Liverpool looked genuinely bereft of ideas.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Adam Lallana of Liverpool is challenged by Chris Smalling of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In Lallana’s absence, Klopp has a number of alternatives to choose from. The least disruptive option would probably to put Gini Wijnaldum in the position, but he could also drop Philippe Coutinho deeper, move Roberto Firmino out wide and start either of Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi as the central striker if he wanted to.

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