Adam Lallana, who both spent the summer representing England, recently returned to Melwood and is looking forward to playing with the team again. His hope is to make an appearance this Friday when the team travels to DW Stadium to play a friendly against Wigan.
“I’ve had a great summer. It’s always nice to relax with your family and recharge the batteries,” Lallana told the official site.
“But I’m more than ready to come back now. You get withdrawal symptoms! I’ve slotted back into club life as normal.
“Everyone ticks over in the summer – it’s important. We’re given a programme and it’s important you stay ahead of the game as much as you can.
“The levels nowadays are always rising and people always want to improve and be better. We have our own tests when we come back to Melwood, to see how fit we are and our lactate levels.
“I thought it was important, as I’m sure every player has done to tick over during the break.”
Thanks to the strict training regime Lallana kept over the international break, the midfielder feels confident that he and his newly returned teammate Philippe Coutinho will be made available for the these first games before the team heads to Asia for to compete for the Premier League Asia trophy.
“If the lactate levels say we are okay, which I’m sure we are, then hopefully we can maybe get a bit of game time on Friday,” Lallana said.
“I’m not sure what the manager is thinking. But definitely when we are in Hong Kong we’ll be out on the pitch.”
It’s hard to believe that football will already be back this week. If Lallana can stay healthy and continue to build on his incredible performance last season, he could be a hugely important to the squad that Klopp is building going forward.