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.
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.
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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