Klopp reveals surprise inclusion of fringe Liverpool man for Chelsea clash

Date published: Wednesday 22nd July 2020 4:02

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed Adam Lallana will be a part of the Liverpool squad for the Reds’ meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Lallana is set to leave Anfield after six years when his contract expires at the end of the season. Klopp has previously stated that the midfielder would not be available for selection so not to jeopardise a summer move.

But the 32-year-old could be set for what is potentially his final Liverpool appearance at Anfield tonight.

Discussing Lallana’s selection, Klopp told the official club website: “He will be in the squad, 100 per cent.

“That’s the good thing in my job that I can decide that and it was 100 per cent clear that it will happen tonight.

“I want him to be there in the full kit and feel how important he is and was for us during my five years of being here now.

“Each day together with him was a joy, to be honest. Working together with somebody who loves football that much and throws his heart and soul into each session was new to me.

“Honestly, we have a few players like this. But Adam is exceptional because usually when you are skilled like he is, it’s often the case that you lack a little bit of attitude. The mix he brings here is really special.

 

“He was so important and so that’s why it was 100 per cent clear he would be in the squad tonight.  I am happy we can do that.”

Lallana’s last appearance for came in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth pre-lockdown. He has not even made the bench for any of their seven games since the restart.

But he will be involved on the night the Reds lift their first league title since 1990. A trophy presentation will take place after full time tonight.

LALLANA’S ROLE IN LIVERPOOL’S DEVELOPMENT

Lallana struggled in his first year on Merseyside following his move from Southampton in 2014. But his fortunes changed when Klopp took charge of the club in October 2015.

The then England international adapted well to Klopp’s ‘gegenpressing’ system and he featured heavily as the German guided the Reds into two finals in his first year and then up the league table over time.

In 2016/17, Lallana hit eight goals and registered seven assists as Liverpool finished in the top four for only the second time since 2009.

Injuries would then limit his game time over the next two seasons. However, Lallana made his mark earlier this term when he came off the bench to score a late equaliser at Old Trafford and maintain Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

He has made 22 appearances in total this season, 15 of those in the Premier Leagu. That means he comfortably qualifies to pick up a winners’ medal this evening.

 

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