Jurgen Klopp admits Adam Lallana’s injury-stricken season is testament to the high performance levels his players have produced.
The Reds have fared admirably in the Englishman’s lengthy absence, mounting a determined top four pursuit and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
It begs the question as to what Klopp’s explosive attacking force could have produced had Lallana been available to serve as an added technician.
The midfielder’s injury woes continued at the weekend as he was substituted during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace just five minutes after joining the action in the second half.
This followed up a torrid spell on the sidelines during the first half of the season after picking up an injury during the latter stages of the club’s pre-season preparations.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Klopp said: “Thank God, that’s not as bad as we thought – a number of weeks.”
“There is a little hope, of course, that we can maybe use him again this season but we have to wait; it is absolutely not the time to bring any rush into the situation.”
“It is not the Adam Lallana season so far. It makes the season so far even more special when you think that we have played the season without him. He will be back for pre-season, of course.”
Lallana will now miss Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City, with Liverpool also set to be without Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Ben Woodburn and Emre Can due to respective injuries.
It also marks a fresh setback to Lallana’s World Cup hopes, with the 29-year-old having been unavailable for key auditions against the Netherlands and Italy during the international break.
Having once looked a certain starter under Gareth Southgate, Lallana’s hopes of featuring at all remain cruelly in the balance.
A lengthy layoff for one of England’s unique attacking commodities would be a hefty blow for both club and country.