Since joining the club in 2014, Adam Lallana has missed 64 matches through injury for Liverpool, with over half, 34, having been missed in the 2017/18 campaign as the midfielder was struck down by a serious hamstring injury which came back upon his return.
The Liverpool Echo believe that he missed out on taking part in Liverpool’s impressive win over Napoli due to yet another injury, though this time it is thought to be a precaution rather than a problem which could sideline him long-term again.
Now, the question must be asked if the Reds should persevere with the 30-year-old, particularly given the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho in midfield to make it one of the most congested areas in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
“It’s really unlucky. It was a really serious injury in the summer. Because of Adam’s quality and attitude in training, it looks immediately like we can put him in, but physical-wise he’s not fit. We really tried to be sensible with it, to do the right thing. But it didn’t work, twice. It’s really not a big thing, three games is like not being injured.”
The truth though is that he is unlikely to be going anywhere any time soon. Within the current squad, Lallana is perhaps the most natural replacement for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another England international to have been struck down by injury and forced to miss the end of last season.
With the ex-Arsenal man expected to miss all of the 2018/19 campaign, Lallana’s presence will be most welcome in a more advanced midfield role.
Klopp is known to be a fan of Lallana, particularly for his work rate and the way he has adapted his game to press high whenever possible as the German demands, so a number of injuries and a lack of game time when fit may be required to change his situation.
Lallana still has time to revive his Anfield spell yet, but if he struggles with injuries again in 2018/19 then it could be an entirely different scenario come next summer.