In news that might baffle many, Adam Lallana may well be on the bench on Saturday when Spurs visit Anfield, according to Micky Quinn.
Yeah, I know.
Micky Quinn is hardly a leading Liverpool correspondent, but he claims that Adam Lallana will be dropped for a Premier League encounter with Spurs at Anfield on Saturday.
This comes after reports indicate that the English midfielder is set to have his contract extended to 2022 with his wages bumped up to £150,000-a-week.
Since signing for Liverpool in 2014, Lallana has played his best football for the club this season, scoring seven goals and creating a further seven. This five-month spell of form seems to have been enough for a 100% increase in his wages.
Despite, successful contract negotiations, if Quinn is to be believed, Lallana is set to be dropped from the starting lineup when Mauricio Pochettino and his side make the trip up North to Liverpool.
Speaking to Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Quinn said, “The more I think about the game the more important it is for Liverpool – they haven’t won in the Premier League this year.
“It’s a massive game for both teams and I think this is Jürgen Klopp’s biggest test since he’s been Liverpool manager.
“Klopp has read this Liverpool team the riot act. Since the defeat against Hull, they have been on the training ground every day working to a pattern to beat Spurs.
“By all accounts that didn’t involve Adam Lallana, so whether he’s going to dropped, I’m not too sure.”
It would certainly be interesting to see Klopp drop a player that is so important to the energy and vibrance of his team. I suggested yesterday that Klopp needs to drop both Lallana and Roberto Firmino as both have looked very jaded since the turn of the year and could do with a recharge.
Quinn continued to say, “But I think Klopp is as much to blame as the players. He’s stuck with certain players who are bang out of form – Firmino, Lucas and Can.
“Spurs haven’t won at Anfield in the league for a long time which is a big plus, but I think Klopp has to step up now and show us what he’s made of because there are questions over him as well.”
I rarely agree with anything Micky Quinn says, but he’s nailed it. With one win from his last eight in all competitions, things need to change for Klopp soon. Obviously, there is no issue of being sacked because he has the full support of the owners and the supporters, but something needs to be salvaged from this season.
Champions League qualification through the top four places has to be the minimum requirement and Klopp knows that. Spurs on Saturday is the perfect time to kick on and do it too.
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