When will Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne return from injuries sustained against Swansea City?
Following Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City in the Premier League last Saturday, it was revealed that Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren would all miss their respective countries’ international matches due to injury.
The Reds trio all started at the Liberty Stadium, with Lallana coming off with a groin injury in the first half to be replaced by striker Daniel Sturridge. Lovren and Clyne each completed 90 minutes but the former reportedly suffered the same problem Lallana went off with while Clyne picked up a knee injury after his side’s win.
This news initially got a number of Reds supporters worried – not to mention the excited Manchester United lot – and although this wouldn’t have been the case for Lallana and Lovren two seasons ago, it is understandable today.
The trio has become a huge part of Jürgen Klopp’s squad, with the German managing to get the best out of all of them.
Liverpool’s player of the month for September is arguably experiencing his most fruitful period at Anfield. The 28-year-old was always a key player for the club, with his build-up play constantly opening defences up and creating chances for his teammates. But a constant criticism of Lallana has always been his finishing, with fans and pundits feeling that his goal tally could improve.
The Englishman has not only responded to that call but his work-rate has increased significantly under Klopp. Lallana has scored four goals this season, one of which came in the first international break of the season for England – so interim coach Gareth Southgate will understandably be disappointed by his absence.
Lovren, on the other hand, has shrugged off the defensively frail figure that Reds fans saw following his £20 million move from Southampton two years ago. The Croatian has established himself as one of Klopp’s first choice centre-backs alongside summer signing Joel Matip and the two have built a strong partnership ever since Liverpool’s early season loss to Burnley.
Opposition strikers may have had fun with Lovren in the past but this season has seen him unleash his strength, tackling and positional ability to deny them influence – Chelsea’s Diego Costa the biggest example. He’s also chipped in with a goal and has, incredibly, made no errors leading to goal this season, a great improvement from his previous two campaigns.
Unlike his two teammates, Clyne has hardly ever experienced any problems in his time at Liverpool and has rightly earned himself the nickname “Mr. Reliable”. For all his bombing forward and contributing to his side’s attacks, plenty of credit has to be given to the right-back for always being in the right place whenever the tables turn and opposition attacks are launched.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise to hear that Clyne has started in all seven of Liverpool’s league games this season.
When will they return?
The former Southampton trio’s return dates remain unconfirmed but the Reds boss said of Lovren and Lallana:
“Dejan was one of the last moments of the game. [It is a] groin [injury] for both, hopefully not that serious,” Klopp was quoted as saying by Liverpool’s official website.
“Adam felt it, tried it again and it didn’t work. In this moment they have no chance for the national teams. But hopefully, 16 days should be enough to bring them back onto the pitch for the next game.
“Things like this happen – there was no sign of it in the week. The pitch was a little bit wet, of course, so things like this can happen. It’s not too nice but nothing else,” he added.
Take Klopp’s word and the fact that a groin injury, if not too severe, can heal in under 16 days and a start in the Man United clash on October 17 looks a realistic bet for Lovren and Lallana.
As for Clyne, the Liverpool Echo reported that he had been playing with an injury prior to the Merseyside club’s trip to Wales, a testament to his professionalism. If that’s the case then Reds fans can be sure that the right-back will either recover in time for their side’s next match or he will at least be close to full match fitness, meaning he could still play.
Such is the enormity of the clash against United that fans and pundits are already talking about it. Lallana, Clyne and Lovren will look to overcome their injuries as their presence in the team will be vital to victory under the glorious Anfield lights.