With fears that Adam Lallana might not be fit in time to face Watford, it’s being reported that the Englishman will return to the starting lineup to play at Vicarage Road.
Liverpool are hugely hopeful of ending up in the Champions League places when the 2016/17 season draws to a close. Their next test is up against Watford at Vicarage Road tonight and Adam Lallana will return to the starting lineup.
Jürgen Klopp has made many Liverpool supporters happy with his latest fitness update, “We are in the best situation squad-wise in the last two or three weeks, because Adam [Lallana] is back, Daniel [Sturridge] looks like he could be back and that’s good. That’s better than the week before.
“That’s a new situation for us and now we can think about how we use this.”
Having the Englishman back in the side will be a huge boost for Jürgen Klopp as his side lack incision and energy against Crystal Palace last week. Failure to capitalise on Manchester City and United and Arsenal dropping points would be a catastrophe with just four games to go.
Lallana’s return to the side means that Divock Origi is likely to drop back to the bench with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana likely to spearhead Liverpool’s attack. With 70 goals in 34 games this season, the Reds average two goals per game and although there has been a laborious feel to their play recently, you can never discount Liverpool in attacking areas.
The last time Liverpool played Watford, the former won 6-1 and ended the evening top of the league. If you had told supporters then, what would happen in the interim, with the dull and lifeless of football that was on show in January in February, they would have just laughed at you.
It’s actually remarkable that Liverpool are still third on the log given how they performed in the opening two months of 2017.
You could look at it one of two ways. Either, you could see it as a testament to how brilliant the Reds were in the opening stages of the season or you could see it as an indictment on the teams around Liverpool as they’ve failed to capitalise time and again on Liverpool’s inconsistency and matched it with their own consistently poor ways.
Liverpool kick-off at Vicarage Road at 20:00 GMT – check back here after the game for post-match coverage.