Adam Lallana has had his Liverpool career beset by injuries. He is undeniably one of our most technically gifted players but he has been tragically marred by fitness issues.
The attacking midfielder arrived at Anfield after Liverpool agreed a £25m deal with Southampton in 2014. The England international has managed just 26 league appearances since the 2016-17 season.
Liverpool are facing a 60 game season, up to 71 games if they fair well in all competitions. With no outfield first team signings for Jürgen Klopp’s men this summer, strength in depth is key. Lallana can be that key.
When he is fit, Lallana is unplayable at times. The former Southampton man can ghost past players as if they aren’t there and wriggle free from impossible situations. He is an immensely creative midfielder with a flair that can open up defences when they are sitting deep against Klopp’s side, as they often do now that the Reds have become so irrepressible in attack.
Liverpool are going to need to rely on players such as Lallana to step into the first team when fixtures pile up. Liverpool are currently facing a gruelling fixture build up with seven games between the 14th of September and 5th of October. If he is fit, we can expect the England man to step up in those games, most likely starting against MK Dons in the League Cup. If the tricky midfielder is able to play most of the game against the Dons, it will afford vital rest time to the likes of Wijnaldum and Henderson ahead of a tough away game at Sheffield United.
Keeping Lallana fit and match ready could prove pivotal to Liverpool’s campaign, he’s phenomenal when fit, let’s keep him that way.