Injury update: Hugely important midfielder to make return to the starting lineup

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Adam Lallana of England receives medical attention after picking up an injury during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England.
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Adam Lallana has returned to team training and is in contention to return to the starting lineup against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Liverpool have lacked a lot of their intensity and energy in the middle of the park since Adam Lallana picked up an injury while on international duty. The English midfielder missed Premier League games against Southampton and Sunderland and an EFL Cup quarter-final against Leeds United.

According to the Telegraph, Liverpool are hopeful that Lallana will be fit enough to play against Bournemouth – his schoolboy club. Without Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp will be missing a large portion of his pressing machine but should Divock Origi get another start in his stead, intensity up front won’t be an issue.

Daniel Sturridge won’t play against Bournemouth as the forward hasn’t trained all week and it’s Klopp’s policy to have his players train for a number of days before a game before putting them in the matchday squad.

Apparently, as per the Telegraph, Sturridge has never started a Premier League game in December for Liverpool. Despite starting in the Reds’ League Cup mauling of Southampton last year, he frustratingly picked up another injury just a few days later. Sturridge is currently struggling with a minor calf issue and is desperate to return to fitness and the starting lineup.

In other team news, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip are set to return to the starting lineup after the pair were rested for Liverpool’s league cup victory over Leeds United on Tuesday night. The duo have trained well this week and can be expected to start against Bournemouth at Dean Court.

Liverpool will be confident of extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games without loss with a win over Bournemouth. There is the possibility that Liverpool could go top of the league today with a win this weekend as Chelsea, the league leaders, take on Manchester City at the Etihad. Klopp will be telling his players how insignificant it is to be top of the league at the start of December and will be stressing the importance of the team’s performance and not what other teams are doing.

With 32 goals this season in the Premier League, Liverpool are the most accomplished attacking side and will look to put Bournemouth to the sword to start December off with a bang.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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