Liver­pool rocked by Lal­lana in­jury

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Liver­pool’s hopes for the Mersey­side derby have taken a huge knock af­ter Adam Lal­lana was ruled out by an in­jury picked up play­ing for Eng­land.

Footage emerged on Tues­day of Lal­lana rub­bing his left thigh in dis­com­fort af­ter the first half of the 2-0 win against Lithua­nia on Sun­day, but he saw out the full 90 min­utes.

The in­jury grew steadily worse over the fol­low­ing 24 hours and he could be side­lined for four weeks.

He has un­der­gone treat­ment at Liver­pool’s Mel­wood train­ing base but there is no hope of him be­ing in­volved in the clash against Ever­ton on Satur­day or the sub­se­quent games at home to Bournemouth (Wed­nes­day) and away to Stoke (April 8).

It is a huge blow for Jur­gen Klopp as Lal­lana, who has scored seven times and con­trib­uted seven as­sists in the Premier League, has been in­stru­men­tal in help­ing Liver­pool push for a top four spot.

What is all the more galling for Klopp is that it is the sec­ond time Lal­lana has re­turned from Eng­land duty this sea­son with an in­jury — back in Novem­ber, he dam­aged his groin in a 2-2 draw with Spain.

That in­jury forced him to miss three matches but this is­sue could be much longer and it leaves Klopp with mount­ing con­cerns ahead of the show­down with their neigh­bours. Daily Mail

Adam Lal­lana

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