Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is sweating over the fitness of star duo Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho ahead of this weekend’s tough encounter against Claude Puel’s Southampton.
Both players suffered problems whilst on international duty, with Lallana having to be substituted halfway through the first half of England’s draw with Spain after a challenge from Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara.
Meanwhile, Coutinho returned from a stunning display in Brazil colours with a complaint of a tight hamstring, but it is unclear whether either will be available for selection against the Saints.
The club are now waiting on the results of a scan on the former Inter Milan midfielder according to the Guardian.
Lallana, on the other hand, was assessed by medical staff on his return to Melwood on Wednesday, and his manager is not entirely convinced that he will be able to face his former club.
Daniel Sturridge could take Coutinho’s place in the side should the 24-year-old fail to pass fitness regulations in the coming days, but the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward has endured a frosty relationship with Klopp since his arrival in October of 2015.
Sturridge’s outrage at Divock Origi being chosen as the substitute to come on against Tottenham in the late August clash between the two sides was more than evident.
And Klopp has opted to field the fearsome quartet of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana in more advanced positions as a preference to fielding Sturridge.
However, this weekend could force Klopp’s hand, with the duo’s respective injuries causing the German somewhat of a headache.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.