Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested to the club’s official website that Adam Lallana could be in line for more playing time next season.
The 31-year-old was restricted to just 16 appearances during 2018/19, with just six coming as starts.
During the club’s pre-season campaign, Klopp has opted to use Lallana in a more central midfield role.
That could open the door towards more opportunities when the season gets underway in August; with Liverpool set to defend their Champions League crown.
Klopp told the club’s official website: “You see the sessions here, what a football he is, it’s incredible.
“Still it feels like people say, ‘He was injured, he was injured’ – yes, but at the moment he is not. I had, for example, Ilkay Gundogan, who was twice, if not three times, really seriously injured and now for one or two years he is playing completely without any injury.
“If we don’t rush him, everything will be fine. Football-wise, there is absolutely no doubt about Adam.
“At the moment he plays a slightly different position, he enjoys it. He’s not now fixed in the No.6 position; we have players who played that position before and played it really well.
“Adam is an outstanding player. It’s possible that the best position for Adam Lallana is the No.6.”
It makes perfect sense for Klopp to trial Lallana in the more central midfield role during Liverpool’s friendly fixtures.
For starters, he has a little bit more quality going forward than James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
He is a different type of player to the aforementioned and that could give Liverpool’s midfield an extra dimension.
At 31, Lallana could have easily instigated a move after not playing much last season.
In this new role and with his injuries now firmly behind him, however, he could be like a new signing for the Reds during 2019/20.