Adam Lallana is not close to returning from injury

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It’s been difficult to focus on the fact we have a huge Premier League fixture tomorrow, due to Steven Gerrard announcing his retirement from the game yesterday.

But at Anfield on Saturday we host a rejuvenated Sunderland and will sadly be without Adam Lallana again. Following his injury picked up for England on international duty, Jurgen Klopp said he’d be out for two games, but this situation doesn’t seem to have improved a week on, with injury data analyst Ben Dinnery yesterday confirming that the return date has maintained the same.

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This means Lallana will miss the Sunderland clash, the EFL Cup tie with Leeds and probably next weekend’s game with Bournemouth as well.

The 28-year-old is right up there with Coutinho and Sadio Mane as Liverpool’s Player of the Season so far and his absence will be felt, as it was at St. Mary’s last weekend for the 0-0 draw.

In his place, Emre Can will likely continue on the left of Jordan Henderson, with Gini Wijnaldum on the other side.

If Klopp’s going all-out attack though, he could use Coutinho in Lallana’s role, then bring Daniel Sturridge into the front-three.

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