Liverpool's Adam Lallana v Bradford in pre-season

Klopp hints at potential ‘Jorginho role’ for Adam Lallana

Jurgen Klopp has hinted at a potential positional switch for Adam Lallana next season, having experimented with the midfielder’s position in the ‘Jorginho role’ this pre-season.

Having played the majority of his career as an attacking midfield player, Lallana has been utilised in a deeper role during Liverpool‘s opening pre-season games, with Klopp keen to create more options in a fiercely competitive midfield.

The 31-year-old has spent large parts of the past two seasons sidelined with injury problems, however, the England international’s return is a welcome boost for the European champions, and Klopp has hinted Lallana could be set for a change of position this season, likening him to Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho.

“Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this ‘Jorginho’ role – I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see the games or he will make an offer,” Klopp told gathered reporters after a 3-1 friendly win over Bradford.

“It is about getting Adam rhythm, bringing him in early and doing things he is naturally good at – small spaces, passing the ball, and then from time-to-time offering the runs in behind as well and together with Milly (Milner) that is possible. For us, it is another option.

“He needs a bit of luck, as we all do in life. We have to come through without injuries, that would be cool, and then we have a couple of new players, I would say, this season.”

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