This week on Fitness Is The Business we’ll be discussing the return of Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge to full first-team training at Melwood. With just four matches left to play for Liverpool, just four matches left to secure Champions League football for the club next season, the reinstatement of two creative attacking players to the fold could be important. It’s possible.
Since Sadio Mané has been out of the team, Liverpool have run hot and cold at the business end of the pitch. And with more and more teams deciding to hunker down and pack their boxes with bullies, the good guys in red have struggled to get goals.
Adam Lallana helps with this problem. Daniel Sturridge helps with this problem.
Neither are expected to get the start against Watford this weekend, but having them ready to come into the game off the bench could be the difference. Because if we’re going to fall down against Crystal Palace you’d better believe we might fall down against Watford. Bringing Lallana and/or Sturridge on in the second half, if Liverpool are in need of something different, might be enough to put the opponents off and get us a win. And winning is good. Probably better than good.
“Adam is back in team training today for the first time,” said Klopp, “which is very, very good news.
“Daniel is in team training again today, too. And that’s good news.”
Good news: check.
“Now we have to train with the boys,” added Klopp, “to see how they are, what shape they are in and then see what we can do with them.”
If you were asking me, and you’re not, but if you were I would say put Sturridge in from the start. Just put him up top. Get his mojo going. Maybe he gets an early goal. It could happen. The power of positivity and whatnot.
Either way it shakes out, Klopp will be delighted to have more options to select from at Watford and the remaining three games. Join us next time on Fitness Is The Business when we’ll hopefully be discussing Jordan Henderson’s immaculate recovery and ensuing goalpalooza that catapults Liverpool into Europe.