Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may start Adam Lallana against Brighton as midfielder looks to impress ahead of England squad announcement
- Gareth Southgate will name his final England World Cup squad on Wednesday
- Liverpool’s Adam Lallana has been plagued by hamstring injuries this season
- Jurgen Klopp is weighing up Lallana’s situation in his bid to go to Russia
Lallana, one of the first names on Southgate’s teamsheet a year ago, has been plagued by hamstring injuries this season and restricted to 13 appearances, 10 of them as substitute.
Despite the importance of Sunday afternoon’s game against Brighton with Liverpool requiring a point to guarantee a top-four finish, Klopp is weighing up Lallana’s situation in his bid to go to Russia.
Adam Lallana may start for Liverpool against Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday
‘It’s how you build him up. Ten minutes here, 15 minutes there, I am not sure we can do that. Maybe he has to start at one point out of the blue. That is possible but we will see,’ said the Liverpool manager.
‘It is not a normal build-up after an injury. He is now in training here with us maybe for a week or 10 days, and was before that in some other places working really hard, so physically it looks good.
‘The rest is (down to) Adam, when he plays football he is in his best mood. That’s good.
‘It looks like he is available for Sunday. He should be. He has trained normally but I haven’t made decisions.’
Jurgen Klopp wants to give Lallana a chance before Gareth Southgate names his squad
Lallana’s only previous Premier League start this season came in a 2-1 win at Burnley on New Year’s Day. The midfielder won his 34th England cap in March when Southgate used him as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw against Italy at Wembley. He then travelled to South Africa the following month for specialist treatment on his injury.
Another World Cup possible hoping to catch Southgate’s eye on Sunday is Manchester United defender Phil Jones who was watched by the England manager’s assistant Steve Holland in their 0-0 draw at West Ham on Thursday, where he played in a three-man defence.
That was only the 26-year-old’s third appearance since February because of a hamstring problem but he’ll hope to get another chance to impress Southgate against Watford on Sunday with United also facing Chelsea in the FA Cup Final next Saturday at Wembley.
Author: Nancy Parker
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