As Liverpool look to maintain their superb start to the season, one Anfield star looking to gate crash the party is Adam Lallana — an almost forgotten ace who is chomping at the bit to make his comeback for Jurgen Klopp’s exciting outfit. And not many fans would make a bet on him not having a huge impact on the campaign once he is back up to speed.
Liverpool aim to maintain their sizzling form in the Premier League when they take on Huddersfield in a top-flight clash at the Kirklees Stadium on Saturday. Whilst the former Southampton midfielder Lallana hopes to overcome his injury, a thigh niggle picked up while with England in September, it was a blow to the Kop schemer given that he only managed to figure in 15 appearances for Klopp’s men last season.
Now, though, he is on the brink of a return and one team-mate in particular is keen to see him return to action for the Reds. That player is Jordan Henderson, who believes Lallana has been sorely missed even though that the team have shone in his absence.
Skipper Hendo said:
“He is such a big talent — not so long ago he was England’s player of the year. He is a massive player. I feel that we have missed him, both with Liverpool and with England.
“It’s exciting for me to know that when he comes back in, he can take us forward even more. He can help us get better and I am excited for Liverpool and England for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of. There’s not many players that play like Adam. He is unique in that way, how he links the play. He’s so good on the ball, he’s got a great work ethic and he still does the defensive work.
“We have missed him in the sense of what he brings to the team. It would have been a boost to have had him at the World Cup. And for Liverpool too. Last season would have been even better for both teams because of the talent that he is. But if he stays fit he can be a massive player for us going forward and still have a big impact.”
Meanwhile, Samba magician Fabinho — who has had just one start and three appearances in total so far this season — has delivered a message to boss Klopp, telling him he would like to gain more game time.
The Brazilian star, who joined Liverpool in a £44millon deal from Monaco in the summer, said:
“Of course I want to be playing. However, I know I am on a new team in a new league, and it has its period of adaptation. I already know the way our coach likes to play, I’m happy here in Liverpool. I hope that I will gradually gain a few minutes on the field. The adaptation on the pitch is good, and I’m working and calm, waiting for my moment to arrive.”