Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has moved to reassure Adam Lallana of his place in the Reds’ plans for the remainder of the season.
30-year-old attacking midfielder/winger Lallana has endured a hugely-frustrating last 18 months on Merseyside.
Following his most-productive campaign to date for the Reds in the 2016/17 season, during which he racked up 8 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League alone, a number of injury problems saw Lallana manage just a solitary league start last season.
And the English international’s fortunes have not exactly improved greatly to this point in the current campaign.
An early-season groin problem, coupled with the summer arrivals of the likes of Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield, have allowed Lallana to notch just 2 Premier League starts thus far.
As such, with Jurgen Klopp’s men nevertheless sitting pretty atop the English top-flight table, recent media reports have suggested that the former Southampton man could push for a January transfer, in search of more regular playing-time.
Turkish giants Fenerbahce have been named as a potential destination for Lallana, with the technically-gifted midfielder reportedly not opposed to the idea of a temporary stint at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.
Lallana staying put
However, if Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gets his way, then Lallana will be going nowhere any time soon.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Brighton this afternoon, Klopp confirmed that, despite his latest injury blow, the Reds still ‘need’ the 30-year-old:
‘It’s brilliant to have him around as he can cool games down, he can be creative between the lines, he still has speed and all these things.’
‘It’s not cool to lose him in a session. We didn’t have many training injuries this season. He stretched to get the ball and it happened. Nothing else to say about it.’
‘Could he be in a better place mentally? Yes, if he was playing and had scored 20 goals in the last 10 games.’
‘But everything is fine. Adam knows that we need him.’