Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reassured Adam Lallana he still has a key part to play for the remainder of the season.
The England international been limited to 186 minutes of Premier League Football this season after he suffered two minor setbacks from the thigh problem that saw him miss the first four months of the campaign.
The 29-year-old has not started a match for the Reds since the FA Cup win over Everton on January 5th, but he could be set to make his first European appearance since the 2016 in tonight’s Champions League encounter against Porto.
Speaking to the media, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp accepted responsibility for Lallana’s difficult season but insisted that he is very much a part of his plans:
“Adam absolutely was an integral part of the team and with the competition we have for Adam it is still usually not a problem for him, because he is important to us,” said Klopp.
“But he needed only time. Life is to learn from your mistakes and we all have to learn.
“We made this mistake—he looked fit. Maybe two little setbacks, not the biggest setbacks, but in and out, in and out, and that makes so sense so now we have to build with him. He is coming close.
“But of course he now has now no rhythm, which is another thing. We still need him, we will use him still.
“He is cool, he sees the quality of the team is good, but he is always one of the guys who push the level in training on to the next level, because he is always so intense in all the things he is doing.
“So the time will come for him 100 percent. Whether it is tomorrow, I don’t know.”