Jurgen Klopp has pledged Adam Lallan game time to help the midfielder earn a spot in England’s squad for the World Cup in Russia later this year.
After picking up a serious thigh injury right before the beginning of the 2017/18 season, Lallana went on to miss the first 6 months of the campaign and is on the outside looking in as far as breaking into the starting XI is concerned.
That shouldn’t be an issue as Klopp has promised the former Southampton midfielder that he will be given game time to prove his fitness and ability to England manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the World Cup.
Lallana has been one of England’s best performers in the last 18 months but injury means that he will not be guaranteed a spot for the World Cup and will need to fight to prove his value.
“He will be an England starting player again for sure,” said the Anfield boss ahead of Monday night’s game at Swansea.
“If Mr. Southgate can afford to leave Adam Lallana out of his World Cup squad, then I can already congratulate on winning the World Cup because I can’t imagine how strong your squad is.
“Adam was out for half a season and he requires all his physical strength, like every player. But we need him. Really need him for the rest of the season. He is really close to being 100 percent.
“So far, he’s played with all the genius moments, very decisive moments, you could see that he really feels the intensity. He had a big muscle injury so we can not push him through, and say “Come on, try it again, try it again”. That is impossible.”
With five and half months of the season remaining, Lallana will have plenty opportunities to fight his way into Southgate’s plans.
After Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona earlier this month, Klopp will be needing creative midfield players like Lallana, so he will certainly not be short on game time.
If the first six months of last season for the no.20 is anything to go by, I’m expecting Lallana to be a spark for the Reds and to fire us to a great end to the season.