What do we want? Adam Lallana. When do we want it? This Sunday in Liverpool’s match against Crystal Palace. What’s the next acceptable time? What about the Watford match? That’s probably attainable. Okay, what do we want? Adam Lallana. When do we want it? This Sunday against Crystal Palace but since it’s looking like he won’t be ready until the trip to Watford we’re willing to wait until then if we have to.
And that’s the shape of it today. Jürgen Klopp’s prediction that Lallana would be fit to travel to Vicarage Road on the first of May is looking more and more likely to be proven sound.
“I can say that after the Palace game,” Klopp foretold last week, “he will be completely normal in training.”
Now, this morning Lallana posted on Instagram showing himself in a training kit with the caption “Time to step it up.”
With Sadio Mané out for the duration of the season and Jordan Henderson dealing with his troublesome feet, the return of Adam Lallana to the squad is a boost that the other boys in red will appreciate in ten days time.
The struggle for top four is real. Manchester City and Manchester United loom and could surpass Liverpool in the table by winning their games in hand. United would also have to make up a five-goal gap, but it’s possible. And just like that, Liverpool would sit in fifth place.
The good news is that we’ve seen this team go hard to win a match when the pressure was mounting. With only five more games to go until the final whistle, we’re basically on the boil for the whole lot of them. Henderson could return to the team in time to make a contribution and we could see some longer cameos from Daniel Sturridge coming up (please), but the injection of a few Cruyff turns ASAP will certainly help the club maintain that steady third place simmer into Champions League football.