Liverpool supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team suffer just a fourth Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday after going down 2-1 at Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with the Red Devils just two points behind them in the table, and off the back of winning their preceding three league games. Yet a Marcus Rashford double in the first half proved to be enough for Jose Mourinho’s side at Old Trafford, as although the Reds did get one back courtesy of Eric Bailly’s own goal midway through the second period, Klopp’s side were unable to get the crucial second to prevent a fourth loss of the campaign, and thus their slip to fourth place in the Premier League.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom have already forgotten Saturday’s defeat and are instead focusing on this weekend’s home clash with Watford.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent news that midfielder Adam Lallana has suffered another injury setback.
And many Liverpool supporters in the Tavern are wondering whether their side should let the 29-year-old go given his injury issues, yet Klopp and the Reds hierarchy should persevere with the midfielder given how influential he has been for the club in recent times, and as such how important he could be to their success in years to come.
Yes, Lallana didn’t make the greatest of starts to his Liverpool career when he first joined from Southampton back in 2014, but he has slowly but surely becoming an increasingly prominent member of the team at Anfield, and proved his quality last year in what was arguably his best campaign in a Reds shirt.
The 29-year-old bagged eight goals and laid on seven assists in 31 Premier League games to help Liverpool return to the top four, and it was widely regarded by many that, when Lallana played in the Reds midfield, the Merseyside giants looked a much better and stronger outfit.
The Englishman was dynamic and much of what Liverpool tried to do last season came through him, be it his relentless work-ethic in pressing his opposite midfield players, or getting on the ball in attacking positions to create opportunities.
It was always going to be difficult for Lallana to come straight back into the side and reach that level after a lengthy spell out with injury, and while he has had some setbacks along the way to suggest that injuries may well be a bigger an issue than previously hoped, he has without doubt earned the backing of the club given his efforts over the years.
Ultimately, while Liverpool’s midfield options are reasonably healthy and arguably stronger than last season, there is still room for the England star in Klopp’s starting eleven, and with Emre Can likely to leave this summer, the Reds cannot afford and simply should not let Lallana follow him out the door.
Remember, not too long ago Lallana was the key figure for both club and country – injury was always going to stunt that progression, but the 29-year-old deserves time to put those behind him and get back to full match fitness before the Reds consider moving him on. And getting back to full fitness can only be a good thing for Liverpool.
As such, the Merseyside giants should persevere with the £22.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) despite recent setbacks, as doing so could see them reap the rewards in the coming years.
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