Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict on ‘greedy’ Liverpool star
The Liverpool manager was impressed with Adam Lallana's cameo performance in Monday night's 0-0 draw with Manchester United
Jurgen Klopp was pleased with Adam Lallana’s impact from the substitutes’ bench in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday night.
The England international suffered a hamstring strain during Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium ahead of the international break.
Lallana wasn’t able to recover in time to secure a place in Klopp’s starting line-up for the visit of the Red Devils at Anfield in the Premier League.
However, the Liverpool manager decided to risk the 28-year-old with the game all square as Lallana replaced Daniel Sturridge in the second half.
And the former Southampton skipper appeared to add more energy to Liverpool’s attack despite the hosts failing to beat United goalkeeper David De Gea.
Speaking at his post-match media conference on Monday night, Klopp took encouragement from Lallana’s cameo performance in the Premier League clash.
“He’s a good player, so it was no surprise,” Klopp said. “But he trained for two days – maybe he could’ve started, I don’t know, he was really close.
“Thank you to the medical department, the fitness coaches, because they did a great job. After two days training, he could’ve played, but no-one knows for how long.
“When he came in he was really sharp, greedy, after 12 or 13 days, to feel the ball again.”
Lallana has made an impressive start to the 2016-17 Premier League season after a return of three goals in six Premier League starts before his hamstring strain.
The Reds will host West Bromwich Albion in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday evening.