Jurgen Klopp and his boys showed a lot of grit to make a comeback victory against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Sadio Mane managed to put his name on the score sheet in a match where many would have expected him to be send-off and Mohamed Salah scored the winner, moving closer to breaking more records.
However, the victory on Klopp’s 100th Premier League game as Liverpool manager also gave him some bad news as well.
In the 69th minute of the match, just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, Adam Lallana went to the ground clutching his hamstring in pain forcing him to limp off the pitch and later leave the stadium in crutches.
“He’s our friend, our boy, our mate, our player having a difficult season already. Maybe one of the biggest achievements of the team is that they could play a season so far like they played without Lallana – I never would have thought it was possible.
So we are all desperately waiting for him and now coming step-by-step back and now… it’s a big, big blow for us today“, Klopp said when asked about his player’s injury.
It was only a couple of days ago that I came across Lallana’s quotes on how he believes he has timed his return to full fitness right. The 29-year-old said that he thinks he can overcome his injury setback by playing a part for club and country in the coming months.
Liverpool have their UEFA Champions League quarter finals tie coming up with Manchester City and also have a Merseyside derby between the two legs. Lallana’s energy and hard work would have come in handy for Klopp during his team’s busy schedule. The player also intended to contribute to his country when England head to Russia under the management of Gareth Southgate.
But, all that is now in jeopardy as Lallana’s injury looks ‘really serious,’ according to Klopp.
Since his arrival at Anfield in 2014, the former Southampton man has picked several number of injuries resulting in him missing a total of 49 matches for the club. And this latest injury of his probably is going to add to the tally.
Lallana has heartbreakingly gone from playing a crucial part in Liverpool finishing fourth on the Premier League points table last season to playing just 219 minutes this season.
All the hugs between Klopp and Lallana showed what he meant to the team and the manager, but it has been long since the Liverpool faithful have seen such moments of affection.
Amidst the constant injuries, the ex-Bournemouth man is also heading towards the end of the prime period of his career as he turns 30 this May.
Overall things do not look good for Lallana and there are already signs that the player’s days at Liverpool is numbered.
We have seen the fans grow impatient with players who relentlessly deal with injuries no matter how big or small their contributions for the team are, with Daniel Sturridge being one of the latest victims and a part of me fears that it won’t take long before Lallana is treated in a similar manner.
Klopp’s high regard for Lallana might give him a little bit more time at Anfield but if he is not able to shake off the continual injuries, even the German tactician won’t be left with options other than to reluctantly show him the door.
I am a huge fan of Lallana. For his journey from bottom to top. For being an true underdog. For his hardwork. For his attitude on and off the pitch. For everything. But I fear that I will have to soon accept that the end of the Liverpool road is near for Lallana.
All I (and everyone who feel pity for the Englishman) can do is to pray for him to come back stronger.
Get well soon, Adam!
Written by Dakir Thanveer
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