Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana might be hoping for a sub-par performance from Aaron Ramsey this weekend.
The Reds travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal and will be hoping for three points to lay down the gauntlet to Manchester City and Chelsea, who both play on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are beginning to find their rhythm now after an unspectacular yet efficient start.
A 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade, followed by a 4-1 win over Cardiff City last weekend will have raised confidence behind the scenes.
Lallana came on as a substitute against Red Star, and was then handed a start against the Bluebirds days later.
Unfortunately for the Englishman, he failed to make much of an impact in either showing.
There’s a good chance Lallana will be dropped for Saturday’s clash in north London.
Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson could both return for the game, and James Milner could start after sitting out the Cardiff game as an unused substitute.
The likelihood is that Lallana will only be introduced as a second half substitute, if at all, and that could be bad news if Ramsey starts for the Gunners.
The midfielder is reportedly a target of Liverpool’s, with The Daily Express claiming back in August that the Reds could swoop next summer when his contract expires.
Last month it was revealed that Arsenal had withdrawn their contract offer to the player.
It looks very much like he will be moving on for nothing next summer.
If he stars against Liverpool on Saturday, it might give the club the encouragement they need to approach him.
Lallana ought to be worried; his performances have not been up to scratch, and Ramsey is a top and proven Premier League player.