By Matt Farr

Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan insists the return of Adam Lallana could be ‘massive’ for the club ahead of the clash with Watford.

The Reds travel to Vicarage Road in a week’s time looking to tighten their grip on a place in the Premier League’s top four, having been dealt a minor setback with a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

But they could be handed a significant boost by the return of one of their star performers in Lallana, and Klavan believes it could be massive.

He told the club’s official website on Monday: “It could be massive. Every player who comes back is needed for us and gives us more options in the squad.

“His pace and capacity in the game is really vital for us. He is a really good player and a really good person. He helps us a lot, especially with four hard games to go.”

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Lallana, 28, has missed Liverpool’s last five Premier League games with a hamstring injury.

But he was back in training for the club at Melwood last week, and is targeting the Watford clash for his long-awaited return to action.

The England international has been an instrumental figure in Liverpool’s pursuit of a top four finish this season, contributing seven goals and seven assists from 31 appearances.

However, Lallana has failed to register either a goal or an assist since the start of the year, despite making such a blistering start to the campaign.

Liverpool remain third in the Premier League with four matches remaining, but hold just a three point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United, who have two games in hand.

In other Liverpool news, ex-Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has delivered his verdict on Liverpool’s top four hopes.

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