Adam Lallana ‘ready’ to take over from Fabinho against Red Star, insists Jurgen Klopp

Lallana starts just his third game this season (Picture: Reuters)Jurgen Klopp insists Fabinho’s absence from Liverpool’s starting line-up against Red Star Belgrade was simply down to rotation.

Adam Lallana started his first game in the Champions League this season against Red Star, as Fabinho dropped to the bench.

Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino were also overlooked, but Klopp suggested it was simply down to the need for fresh legs.

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Fabinho’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal drew criticism and the Brazilian was expected to pay the price for his underwhelming performance against Red Star.

But Klopp explained the changes were necessary in a busy schedule.

‘Lallana’s ready. He was a long time out,’ Klopp said. ‘He had minutes and that’s what an injured player needs.

Sturridge was also recalled to the starting line-up (Picture: Reuters)‘It was clear if we wanted fresh legs or to change the system then it made absolute sense to bring him.’

He added: ‘Joe (Gomez) had a little issue, but we have another 100 per cent centre half. Now he’s fine.

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Fabinho was out of sorts against Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)‘He didn’t train yesterday but trained this morning and he’s fine. Dejan (Lovren) got ill overnight with a temperature.’

Daniel Sturridge started upfront for the Reds, as Firmino was handed a rest after starting all but three of Liverpool’s games this season.

Liverpool will look to take control of Group C with victory in Serbia, after beating Red Star 4-0 in the reverse fixture at Anfield.

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Jurgen Klopp not happy with Adam Lallana after his red card for Liverpool’s Under-23 side

Klopp guided Liverpool to a 3-0 over Southampton in November. (Getty)Jurgen Klopp has revealed he’s unhappy with Adam Lallana after he was sent off for Liverpool’s Under-23 side against Spurs earlier this week.

Lallana saw red for violent conduct after reacting angrily following an aerial dual with Tottenham’s George Marsh.

The former Southampton midfielder jumped to his feet and grabbed the neck of Marsh, which prompted the match official to send off the England international.

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‘I spoke to him about that, he’s not happy about it,’ said Klopp. ‘Adam is not happy about the reaction as I was not happy about it. But that does not change my mind about Adam.

‘As a former footballer when I saw the other challenge, to be honest, I understand a little bit but it’s not to excuse. There is nothing good to say about the reaction.

‘As long as nobody has been seriously injured afterwards there will be after a few days nobody speaks about it again.’

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24Newcastle United (H) – Sat March 3Porto (H) – Tues March 6 (Champions League)Manchester United (A) – Sat March 10Watford (H) – Sat March 17Crystal Palace (A) – Sat March 31

Lallana played for Southampton before joining Liverpool. (Getty)The Reds Under-23 side went on to lose the game 1-0 and they also ended the match with nine men after Liverpool youngster George Johnston also saw red for two bookable offences.

Klopp’s side take on Southampton in the Premier League on February 11 and he’s admitted Lallana’s remains a doubt to feature in the starting line-up.

‘He is for an option for the squad, if he is an option for first 11? I would rather think not at the moment,’ Klopp added.

‘I sleep twice before we play Southampton so maybe I’ll change my mind so we will see.’

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Adam Lallana given red card for putting Spurs teenager in a chokehold during U23s clash

Adam Lallana was given a straight red (Picture: LFCTVLiverpool midfielder Adam Lallana was sent off for the club’s U23s on Monday evening for putting a Tottenham player in a chokehold.

The England international has endured an injury-ravaged campaign this term and has made just seven starts for the Reds in all competitions.

Lallana missed the first half of the season and had returned before a groin injury put him out of action again.

The former Southampton man was given a run-out for Liverpool’s U23s against Tottenham, where he was hoping to improve his fitness and stake a claim for Liverpool’s clash against the Saints on Sunday.

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However, Lallana lasted just 63 minutes after being sent off for putting 19-year-old Spurs ace George Marsh in a chokehold.

Marsh appeared to innocuously catch Lallana during a 50/50 aeriel battle and the midfielder reacted wildly by grappling the teenager and shoving him to the ground.

Lallana now faces a suspension that is likely to be limited to non-first team matches and could even be fined for his actions.

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Jurgen Klopp says Adam Lallana played role in decision not to replace Philippe Coutinho

Adam Lallana is back in the frame for Liverpool after an injury hit season (Getty)Jurgen Klopp has explained that the return to fitness of Adam Lallana played a role in Liverpool opting not to immediately replace Philippe Coutinho.

The Reds sold their Brazilian talisman to Barcelona for £142milllion early in the transfer window, but failed to replace him.

The decision was in part due to England midfielder Lallana coming back from injury.

‘People obviously ask “bring him in” because someone is injured and you need somebody else, but then the other one is coming again and you weaken both. It makes no sense,’ said the Liverpool manager.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Getty)‘You miss a player for a week and you think “okay we need another player”.

‘In this situation, you really need to stay cool. It’s more difficult when you’ve lost two games but you need to be serious still.

‘Yes, we could do something. But we need the right thing. The 100% right thing. For completely crazy money that really makes no sense. I’m not even sure that would work. And in the summer it looks different.

‘That’s how it is. To do something just to have any solution? That makes no real sense, to be honest. That’s the situation.’

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Tottenham (H) – Sun Feb 4Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24Newcastle United (H) – Sat March 3Porto (H) – Tues March 6 (Champions League)Manchester United (A) – Sat March 10Watford (H) – Sat March 17Crystal Palace (A) – Sat March 31

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Lallana has started just two games this season but is understood to be in contention for this weekend’s game with Tottenham.

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Three line-ups that can help Liverpool cope with the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho is on his way out of Liverpool (Picture: Getty Credit – Dean Noroozi/ look set to make Philippe Coutinho’s dreams come true this January, it’s just too bad for Liverpool fans their hearts must break in the process.

Coutinho is on the verge of finally sealing his move to Camp Nou and whether it be in the next month or in the summer, the Reds must prepare for life without their dynamic playmaker.

The Brazilian is the heartbeat of the fabled ‘fab four’ which also includes Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

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For Liverpool, it is an all too familiar scenario. They have lost their most influential players before but have always managed to replace them. Don’t forget, it was Coutinho was stepped into Luis Suarez’s shoes when he was seduced by Barcelona in 2014.

So, how could the Reds line-up without Coutinho? Jurgen Klopp will surely already have a side in mind and there are plenty of options available for the Reds.

Lallana or Oxlade-Chamberlain take on Coutinho’s role

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana (Picture: Getty)With the departure of Coutinho, a midfield spot opens up and if the former Inter man leaves in January, Klopp needs to fill it immediately.

Adam Lallana, a proven talisman, could possess the boots to fill the hole, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also a viable option.

Lallana is keen to put the last six months behind him after an injury-ravaged spell on the sidelines, while Oxlade-Chamberlain is desperate to continue growing at Anfield.

The former Arsenal star craves a midfield spot and with recent performances suggesting he is improving under Klopp, the German may be tempted to hand him a chance to replace Coutinho.

Lallana would be far the more reliable option, however, after an excellent season last year and has all the energy and inventiveness of Coutinho.

The question is would either of the pair be able to dictate the play from further back as Coutinho has done, or are they better served playing further forward, operating in between the lines?

It remains to be seen who Klopp favours between Emre Can, who himself could be heading for the Anfield exit door in the summer, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson. Either way, Klopp has the option to play with both Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the team or with a more defensive core.

Liverpool could line-up with both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana in midfield if Jurgen Klopp opts to select just one designated defensive midfielder (Picture: Metro)

If Jurgen Klopp opts for extra security, particularly away from home, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana are likely to compete for a single place (Picture: Metro)Like for like and swap in Naby Keita

Naby Keita will be a Liverpool next summer (Picture: Getty)Naby Keita will not rock up at Anfield until next summer, but many Liverpool fans will be crossing their fingers the midfielder will make them forget all about the little magician.

Keita has played everywhere from right winger to defensive midfield for RB Leipzig, but is most at home in the centre of the park, Coutinho’s stomping ground.

It could be just a like for like swap for Liverpool with Keita slipping into the No.8 role Coutinho has flourished in this season.

Should Keita step up and perform from the off at Liverpool, fans will soon forget about another painful Barcelona poaching.

The inclusion of Keita would also allow for either Oxlade-Chamberlain or Lallana to slot in further up the field, while Liverpool are also in the running for Thomas Lemar who could boost their attacking options still further.

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Jurgen Klopp singles out Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane in dramatic Burnley victory

Liverpool stole all three points at the death at Burnley (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has singled out Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana for praise after the attacking duo helped Liverpool beat Burnley 2-1 on Monday.

Mane put Liverpool in front with a superb strike in the 61st minute, but when Johann Gudmundsson equalised with just three minutes of normal time left it seemed the Reds would be made settle for a point.

But, up popped Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan at the death to combine in the box and steal a 94th-minute winner at Turf Moor.

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Klopp was delighted with the battling performance and made special mention of goalscorer Mane and Lallana, who completed 86 minutes for the first time this season.

‘A very difficult game, thee fixtures are really difficult to take. We did brilliant, the weather made it so hard, windy, rainy,’ said Klopp after the game.

Sadio Mane scored just after the hour mark (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Everton (H) – Fri Jan 5 (FA Cup)Man City – Sun Jan 14Swansea (A) – Mon Jan 22Huddersfield (A) – Tues Jan 30Tottenham (H) – Sun Feb 4Southampton (A) – Sun Feb 11Porto (A) – Wed Feb 14 (Champions League)West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24

Adam Lallana gives Mane a hug (Picture: Getty)‘Burnley are dong well, we denied them to do what they usually like to do. It took a while to score and then the next two goals were very similar.

‘Did we deserve to win? I don’t care. We got the three points.

‘Adam Lallana was great, after four or five months out, performing like this. It’s not easy at this time, the whole team applauded Sadio Mane when he came in because we needed that goal.

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Joel Matip back in Liverpool first-team training ahead of Chelsea clash

The centre-back missed the last two matches but is ready to shore up the backline (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have received a massive injury boost ahead of Saturday’s huge Premier League clash with Chelsea after Joel Matip returned to full first-team training.

The 26-year-old missed both the Reds’ victory over Southampton on Saturday and the dramatic 3-3 draw against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday evening due to a thigh injury.

But now it appears the Cameroon star is winning his race to return to fitness and is expected to be in the starting XI for Saturday’s match after being pictured training with the rest of his teammates.

Matip looked in good shape during a training session under the floodlights (Picture: Getty)The Merseysiders took part in late training session on Thursday evening – perhaps to replicate Saturday’s late kick-off – following their draw in Seville and Matip was among those who were put through their paces.

He may not be the only player to return to action against Chelsea, with long-term absentee Adam Lallana also ready to take on Antonio Conte’s men judging by his involvement in the training session.

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That leaves manager Jurgen Klopp with something of a dilemma, however, with one of Dejan Lovren or Ragnar Klaven needing to make way in order for Matip to return.

Lallana, meanwhile, is in competition with a host of players to start at Anfield, though Jordan Henderson’s woeful showing against Sevilla – he successfully completed just 56% of his passes – could open the door for his return.

Lallana wasn’t in the squad against Sevilla but could return for the visit of Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Klopp revealed that Matip had been left in Liverpool for the midweek match, but has now joined up with the rest of his teammates: ‘The squad looks good. They are pretty much all here from the normal squad, apart from Joel.

‘He is in Liverpool and full training, so all good. I think there will be a big chance he will be ready for Saturday. But there was no chance for this game. It was a little bit too quick, but it’s all good.’

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Adam Lallana named in Liverpool’s squad for Champions League clash against Sevilla

Adam Lallana flew out with the rest of the squad (Picture: Getty)Adam Lallana has been included in the Liverpool squad that travelled to Spain on Monday morning ahead of the Reds’ Champions League game on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool attacker has not played yet this season, but is fully fit after recovering from a thigh injury.

Lallana was not fit enough to face Southampton on Saturday and watched from the sidelines as the Reds warmed up for the Sevilla game by cruising by the Saints 3-0.

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Jurgen Klopp could now call on Lallana, most likely from off the bench, in the crucial game against the La Liga side.

One player who will not be involved is defender Joel Matip, who remains on the sidelines after missing the game against Southampton.

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(Picture: Getty)Long-term absentee Danny Ings is also in the squad, as is midfielder Marko Grujic.

GOALKEEPERSKarius, Mignolet, Ward

DEFENDERSLovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold

MIDFIELDERSWijnaldum, Milner, Firmino, Coutinho, Salah, Henderson, Grujic, Mane, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can

ATTACKERSSturridge, Ings, Solanke

A win would secure Liverpool’s spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League and confirm their status as group E winners.

Liverpool are a point ahead of Sevilla, who earned a point at Anfield in the reverse fixture in September.

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(Picture: Getty)Lallana may not have been missed in the Saints win, but his return will represent a massive boost for Liverpool as a busy schedule kicks off.

Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Saturday before playing their final Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow on December 6.

Local rivals Everton then rock up to Anfield in the first Merseyside derby of the season.

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Liverpool injury news: Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana updates

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has been struggling with a hamstring injury (Picture: Getty)Liverpool will make a late decision on whether Senegal international Sadio Mane will face Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.

Mane, 25, suffered a recurrence of an old hamstring injury on international duty last week as Senegal booked their place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

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Liverpool were unable to call upon the playmaker for a month earlier in the season but Mane returned in the empathic 4-1 win over West Ham at the London Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp admitted he was ‘concerned’ by Mane’s recent setback but the Liverpool Echo say he remains in contention to face former club Southampton this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp will hope to be able to call upon Mane and Henderson (Picture: Getty)Mane is expected to miss training on Thursday but could return in the final session before the weekend on Friday to make himself available to Reds boss Klopp.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have confirmed England midfielder Jordan Henderson returned to full training on Wednesday after recovering from a thigh injury.

Henderson was absent against West Ham and withdrew from Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Germany and Brazil last week.

Henderson trained on Wednesday, along with Adam Lallana (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have also been handed a boost with Adam Lallana – the 29-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday evening to declare himself ‘ready’ after recovering from a serious injury that has kept him sidelined for four months.

Ready ⚽️

A post shared by Adam Lallana (@officiallallana) on Nov 15, 2017 at 9:50am PST

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Klopp’s side are currently fifth in the Premier League having won their last two games, while Southampton have dropped to 13th, just four points above the relegation zone.

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