With Philippe Coutinho’s future and Liverpool’s defensive woes dominating the headlines on Merseyside this season, Adam Lallana’s absence through injury has slipped under the radar.
The England international was an important player for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season, to the extent that the Reds’ win-rate dropped by 7% when he wasn’t in the starting line-up.
In his absence this term, Liverpool have managed to take just 12 points from their first seven games, leaving them seven points away from the top of the table.
Although most would put that down to defensive frailties rather than their quality in attacking midfield, Lallana has always been a crucial component of the Reds’ high press under Klopp – so having him back could improve them both defensively and offensively.
While Lallana still has some way to go before he returns to the starting line-up, respected injury data analyst Ben Dinnery – who has worked with Sky Sports and The Telegraph amongst others – has claimed Lallana is set to move onto the next stage of his recovery, with a view to playing again in November.
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 10, 2017
Liverpool face Southampton and Chelsea in the Premier League next month as well as Sevilla in the Champions League. Klopp will be hoping Lallana can play some part in easing the burden during that tricky run.