Monday, 21 August, 2017

Adam Lallana to miss next three months with thigh injury

Liverpool will face a play-off match to make the group stages of the Champions League Liverpool will face a play-off match to make the group stages of the Champions League
Spencer Simpson | 06 August, 2017, 01:05

Senegal winger Sadio Mane made his first appearance since April in last weekend's friendly win over Hertha Berlin but Liverpool were dealt a new injury blow when England midfielder Adam Lallana suffered a thigh injury during Wednesday's defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Klopp conceded that Lallana is likely to miss the first two months of Liverpool's season, beginning with next weekend's Premier League opener at Watford.

"This is certainly not news we would have wanted", Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool's official website, LiverpoolFC.com.

Klopp is not though concerned about Lallana's attitude throughout the rehabilitation period and has backed him to overcome his latest injury issue in a professional manner. It's Hoffenheim and that's for sure not an easy game.

The first legs will be in Germany and Glasgow, on August 15th or 16th. I'm completely fine with it, I'm happy to know and now we can start preparing.

"They have a lot of really good young players".

Klopp has a mixed record versus Hoffenheim - winning five, drawing six and losing five of the 16 games with them while he was in charge of Mainz and Borussia Dortmund - but Liverpool have fared well, progressing from 14 of 16 two-legged knockout ties against German opposition.

The Reds have enjoyed a positive pre-season, and continued their promising run of form with goals from Roberto Firmino, Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke.

And with Liverpool fighting on four fronts in 2017/18, as they bid to return to the Champions League in this month's play-off clash with Hoffenheim, they will need a big squad to compete.

Spanish side Sevilla have been drawn against last season's Turkish league runners-up Istanbul Basaksehir, who boast the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy in their ranks and eliminated Club Brugge in the third qualifying round.

Merseyside rivals Everton, meanwhile, will face Croatia's Hadjuk Split as they seek to confirm a Europa League group place.

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