Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren were both missing from training yesterday but are expected to train today with Spurs visiting Anfield tomorrow.
Yesterday, Micky Quinn broke news that Adam Lallana was missing from training, but made it sound as though the Englishman was absent due to Jürgen Klopp trying out a formation in training that didn’t involve Lallana.
It turns out, however, with a more reliable news source in James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Lallana was rested for the training session due to a tight muscle and the hope is that “he will respond well to treatment and take his place in the side this weekend.”
Despite being unable to find the rhythm in recent weeks which saw Lallana notch seven goals and seven assists in the first half of the season, he remains an important part of Liverpool’s side with his energy and willingness to run vital to the gegggenpressing style of play employed by Klopp and his coaching staff.
Given how he performed in the early parts of the season, Lallana has been offered a new five-year contract with his wages set to be bumped up to £150,000 per week.
Dejan Lovren, another player who is set to have his terms controversially extended with Liverpool, also missed training yesterday. Lovren missed the Hull game with a swollen knee and hasn’t trained at all this week but with Lucas Leiva proving he is entirely unreliable at centre-back, Klopp will be praying his Croatian central defender can return to action tomorrow.
Although you could argue convincingly that Lovren is not an ideal centre-half, he is a far cry better than Lucas. With the pace and guile available to Spurs, you would hope that Lovren is available otherwise Klopp will have to play Ragnar Klavan or even rush Joe Gomez back into action which is far from ideal.
Injury to Lallana and Lovren, regardless of how minor, just exposes the lack of depth within the squad at the moment.
With just one win from their last eight, you could bet your house that Klopp’s side are aching a win and hopefully a week’s worth of training will have restored an ounce of the sharpness we grew used seeing in the early stages of the season.