Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Adam Lallana is a player who could make a real difference for England at this summer’s World Cup (England 16/1 – Outright Betting).
Lallana has endured a frustrating campaign with the Reds, making just 12 appearances in all competitions due to a nasty thigh injury that kept him out until November, and then held him back further with two subsequent setbacks.
The 29-year-old is on the comeback trail and made a substitute appearance in the 2-1 loss at Manchester United last weekend while also featuring for 90 minutes against Porto in the Champions League.
Despite his inactivity, England boss Gareth Southgate has selected the former Southampton man for upcoming friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy in the hope that he will be fit for Russia later in the year (Lallana 20/1 – Top England Goalscorer – 2018 World Cup).
Lallana was one of the standout performers for England at Euro 2016, in an otherwise woeful campaign for the Three Lions, and Klopp feels he is still one of the best available for Southgate.
“Adam had probably the most difficult season so far of his career, but he is still one of the top three or four players of England,” he said.
The German tactician is happy for the midfielder to train with and play for England over the next couple of weeks as it will benefit both the player and his club.
“I spoke to Gareth this week and it’s a big challenge for us to have him around and not to bring him [on to the pitch], to be honest,” he added.
“From all other points of view he’s in fantastic shape, but he needs a little more recovery time and we needed all to learn to deal with that.
“If he could play minutes [in England’s friendlies] of course it would help us.”
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