Whether playing in the front three or in the center of the park, Adam Lallana has been one of—if not the—first name on the team sheet under Jurgen Klopp. The dynamic midfielder’s role in Klopp’s gegenpressing system is difficult to overstate.
Lallana’s early season absence is likely one of the culprits when discussing Liverpool’s inconsistent play in the first month of the 2017/18 campaign. We’re all eager to get Lallana back, but no one more so than Kloppo. Sadly, the midfield dynamo still has about a month left in his recovery time.
"Adam made the Champions League squad because it was a moment when we had to think about these things and the medical department told me that in around about six weeks he should be back,” Klopp said in the pre-match press conference.
"That was around Aug. 31. So it should be about another four weeks before he's normal training. It looks all on the right way for him. Maybe Adam can start running this week or the beginning of next week."
Despite the disappointing opening to Champions League play, Liverpool still should have enough in the tank to qualify for the Round of 16 (if not win the group outright). However, a return of Lallana into the fold for the latter fixtures is sure to be a boost to those efforts.