Liverpool face a difficult challenge on Sunday as they prepare to host Tottenham at Anfield looking to continue their return to form.
After disappointing defeats to Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion, the Reds bounced back in midweek at Huddersfield, as they sit just three points adrift of second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League standings.
However, with Philippe Coutinho leaving the club last month while Daniel Sturridge joined West Brom on loan, Jurgen Klopp will be eager to have all of his remaining attacking options at his disposal between now and the end of the campaign.
Unfortunately for Liverpool though, the German tactician seemingly still has doubts over Adam Lallana’s ability to make the line-up to face Tottenham this weekend.
As per freelance injury analyst Ben Dinnery, as seen in his tweet below, confirmed by the Liverpool Echo, Klopp has his doubts over whether or not the England international will be available for selection.
Klopp provides an update on Lallana. “He’s maybe available for Tottenham, and if not then he’ll have missed three games. That’s really OK but of course it’s not cool. The body needs to adapt again to the intensity.” #LFC pic.twitter.com/vJOVjR3Ec3
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) February 2, 2018
Should he be ruled out, that would be his third consecutive game missed, while it’s been a frustrating campaign overall as the 29-year-old has only made seven appearances all season, totalling 222 minutes of football.
Given what he can offer the team in the final third and in midfield, it’s been a costly absence for Liverpool, and they’ll certainly hope that he can recover in the near future and play a crucial role in the latter stages of the season.
On the other side, it’s worth noting that Klopp’s concern is more so to do with his lack of fitness that he isn’t willing to put him straight back into the side. With one eye on avoiding any fresh setbacks, it seems like a sensible thing to keep him out of the line-up for now.