- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp have admitted that he will not rush Adam Lallana back to the squad
- He addmited that he is aware that the move might make him look bad to Lallana
- The Reds manager then added that Lallana will likely play against Southampton but will not start
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is ready to play the 'bad guy' to ensure he has Adam Lallana available for the rest of the campaign.
The German manager admitted his Liverpool star is chomping at the bit to get back in action, after returning to full training following a three month lay off with a ruptured thigh muscle.
But even though Lallana is likely to be in the squad for the visit of Southampton, his manager insisted there is NO chance of him starting the game.
He siad: “He is a fantastic player but we want to have him for the season. This is the moment the player wants to be back immediately and I have to be the bad guy and say 'Not today, maybe tomorrow'”
“Obviously that is not too nice but I do it for him and for the club. We will see, it depends how the other players are. We will use him for sure but bringing him for 90 minutes is not a good idea and will not happen.
“What he is doing is so different to the other players: he is the 'jumper'. He loves to do that and of course it is very important for us and will be again and I am already looking forward to when we can use it again.
“But he is also a fantastic football player and he showed that in the first (training) session.
"Unfortunately I was not involved but when I came in they were all really excited about it: 'OK, Adam was pretty good' so I know about it and it is good for the player.”
Klopp revealed that Lallana isn't the only one at the Reds' Melwood training ground who is back to fighting fitness...after insisted he himself feels 'really good', after a minor health scare in the week.
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And he joked, after returning to take training in the past two days following a visit to the hospital for precautionary checks on a minor complaint:“I feel really good, and actually I am 50 now so maybe I need to get used to it...I am not sure. It is twice now I have been in a British hospital!
“It was not that serious. I am not ill. I am not sure if you are happy about it, but I am. It is good news.”
Klopp will have a full squad to choose from for the visit of Southampton, bar Nathaniel Clyne, who had an operation on his back in the week, and will be out for three more months.
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