Liverpool’s starting XI for their 0-0 draw at Southampton featured three former Saints players. It would have been four but for Adam Lallana.
As it is, the 28-year-old was left off the travel squad for the trip to the south coast. Lallana picked up an injury while on England duty and was not fit for Saturday’s clash.
Speaking before the game, manager Jürgen Klopp said the midfielder may miss “the next two or three games.”
“Adam Lallana is not in because he picked up an injury with England. It was serious enough to be not involved today and possibly the next two or three games. We don't know exactly in the moment but that was the only problem we had.”
If Klopp’s assessment is correct, Lallana would miss, at the very least, next weekend’s league match at home to Sunderland and the EFL Cup tie against Leeds United on November 29th.
In Lallana’s absence, Klopp picked a midfield trio of Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Jordan Henderson. The three held the midfield well, but Lallana’s skill in the attacking third (particularly in tight spaces) was sorely missed.