This is a timely boost for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.
Adam Lallana may only miss three more matches before he’s available for first-team selection again.
We face Leicester on Saturday, Spartak Moscow midweek and Newcastle at the end of the month, but then there’s an international break and the Englishman could return afterwards – with a fixture against Manchester United scheduled for October 14.
The Echo report that Lallana’s rehab is way ahead of schedule and that he’s now training outside on the Melwood pitches, although not yet with a ball, following a thigh problem picked up in our pre-season fixture with Atletico Madrid.
It’s not been discussed much this season, oddly, but Lallana has been sorely missed and is completely crucial to Klopp’s side. Despite the options, he’ll likely be an automatic pick when fully fit. The Englishman provides creativity centrally, but also sets the tone for our defensive play with manic pressing and work-rate.
His inclusion into our midfield three will be a timely help to both the backline and the attack, although it’ll be interesting to see if Klopp is prepared to deploy both Lallana and Coutinho ahead of a no.6.
It’s very attacking, but could work wonders – especially at home when we’re struggling to break down teams who sit deep.