Liverpool have been dealt with another injury blow just ahead of the upcoming Premier League season starting next week. Jurgen Klopp’s side has lost a key player in Adam Lallana, and his injury means they have now got to manage without another attacking player, especially after losing Daniel Sturridge.
England international Adam Lallana suffered a thigh injury in their pre-season tour’s final game of the Audi Cup against eventual winners Atletico Madrid. The versatile player is set to miss “a couple of months,” as per Klopp’s official confirmation.
The 29-year-old former Southampton player could miss the first two months for Liverpool, and that comes as a deafening blow, as the Reds have Champions League play-off qualification in sight too, besides the Premier League.
“I think we can pretty much rule him out of August and September. This is certainly not news we would have wanted,” said the former Borussia Dortmund manager when speaking about the Englishman.
Besides missing key matches for his club, Lallana is also set to be absent for England’s World Cup qualifying games in September. The star player has been of primary substance for both club and country in recent years.
With Liverpool wanting to make a statement of intent from the word go, Lallana’s injury gives them plenty to ponder upon with a host of important matches in their kitty.
Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the pre-season campaign after losing 5-4 on penalties against Atletico after a stunning 3-0 win against hosts Bayern Munich earlier. The 19-time English champions are already missing striker Daniel Sturridge with a thigh problem, but Klopp dismissed it as nothing serious.
The German tactician will hope the striker is available in the coming days, as Sturridge looks to resurrect his injury-ravaged career.
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