By Will Butcher
In a boost for Liverpool fans, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Adam Lallana has returned to training ahead of Tuesday night’s clash against Chelsea.
The former Southampton playmaker could now be fit enough to face Antonio Conte’s league leaders, but Klopp had bad news about Nathaniel Clyne who is set to remain sidelined.
Speaking ahead of the Premier League showdown at Anfield, Klopp was quoted on Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce’s Twitter account as saying that he would not rush Clyne’s injury.
“Lallana has trained but Clyney no,” Klopp declared. “We can’t force it. We have to wait and see.”
Klopp: "Lallana has trained but Clyney no. We can't force it. We have to wait and see."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 30, 2017
Lallana was a doubt for the hotly-contested clash between Liverpool and Chelsea after picking up a knock against his former side in the 1-0 loss to Southampton.
The problem, which required stitches, kept England’s 2016 Player of the Year sidelined for Saturday’s FA Cup loss to Wolves, but he could now return to face Chelsea.
However, it is too soon for Clyne, who continues to suffer with an abdominal problem that has seen him miss the last two games for the Merseyside giants.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to replace the former Saints star on the right side of defence, after impressing as cover for Clyne against Man United earlier this month.
Football Insider verdict:
Lallana’s return is a huge boost to Klopp’s side, as they will be looking to claw in Chelsea from their top of the table perch. Emre Can has struggled to offer the Reds the creative instinct that Lallana offers from midfield, but the 28-time England international’s return will give Liverpool a much larger attacking threat if he is thrown in at the deep end in place of Can. The loss of Clyne, though, means Jordan Henderson must do all he can to help out Alexander-Arnold at right-back with the inexperienced academy product likely to face Belgium international Eden Hazard on Liverpool’s right flank. Clyne, then, is a big loss for the Reds but one that they can cope with under the lights at Anfield.
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