In a huge blow for Liverpool’s hopes this season, Sky Sports claim that attacking midfielder Adam Lallana has been ruled out for up to two months with a thigh injury. The news comes as a real dent in the Reds’ ambitions after their pursuit of Naby Keita ended in failure, leaving Jurgen Klopp with few options in midfield.
The injury could force Klopp back into the transfer market, or he may instead look to put trust in youngsters like Ovie Ejaria and Marko Grujic. What is clear is that Lallana’s absence is terrible news for the club after his superb form last season as he excelled in Klopp’s pressing style.
He will also be forced to miss the club’s crucial Champions League qualifier against Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Manager Klopp reacted to the draw with optimism, despite acknowledging that it is a challenging draw, as he is quoted by the Daily Star as saying:
“It was clear from the first moment when we knew who we could face that there would be no easy game. It’s Hoffenheim and that’s for sure not an easy game. But we should always not forget what they thought in the moment they saw the draw – it’s not the best thing they could get. I’m completely fine with it, happy to know and now we can start preparing.”
The Reds will first travel to Germany on 15th/16th August before welcoming their opponents to Anfield one week later for the second leg. The winner over two matches will go straight into the draw for the Champions League group stage.
They may also be without left-back Alberto Moreno as the Liverpool Echo claim that Watford have emerged as candidates to take the Spaniard away from Anfield after falling to third in the pecking order behind James Milner and Andrew Robertson. That’s despite Moreno’s impressive form this pre-season.
The club rejected a bid worth £11 million from Napoli earlier this summer and remain determined to hold out for £15 million for the defender. That would represent a £3 million profit after three years on Merseyside in what would be great business by the club.