By Emma Sanders

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he could have started Adam Lallana in midfield against Manchester United on Monday evening.

Lallana eventually came on as a substitute after 60 minutes when he replaced Daniel Sturridge in an attempt to bring Liverpool to life in the goalless 0-0 draw.

The England midfielder picked up a groin injury during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Swansea prior to the international break and was always a doubt to play.

However, Klopp admitted after the game he could have started with Lallana, who made a huge impact when he came on.

“Adam trained for only two days. He couldn’t train for 12-13 days,” said Klopp, reports the Liverpool Echo newspaper. “I could have maybe started him, I’m not sure but it was really close.

“A big thank you to the medical department as they did a brilliant job to make him available but after two days training nobody knows how long he could have played.”

It was an uncharacteristically poor game between the two clubs and Liverpool seemed to be missing a spark which Lallana brought when he came on.

Roberto Firmino was able to move into his more familiar central role, with Philippe Coutinho pushing further up-field and out wide as a result of Lallana’s entrance into the game.

The tempo of Liverpool’s game appeared to quicken with Lallana on the pitch and most fans would have liked to have seen him start the game.

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