Jurgen Klopp warned about dropping Liverpool FC signing in favour of Adam Lallana
Carlton Cole doesn't believe Mohamed Salah should be left out of the Liverpool team to accommodate Adam Lallana
Carlton Cole has urged Jurgen Klopp to think twice about taking Mohamed Salah out of the Liverpool team when Adam Lallana is back fit.
The England international is close to making his return from a knee problem that has kept the 29-year-old out of first team contention.
Lallana scored nine goals and made eight assists in the Premier League last season to help Jurgen Klopp’s side secure a return to the Champions League.
However, the England star is facing a battle to get back into the Liverpool starting line-up given the performances of Mohamed Salah.
The Reds signed Salah in a £39m deal from AS Roma in the summer transfer window.
The Egypt international has scored six goals and has made four assists in both the Champions League and the Premier League so far.
While Cole rates Lallana as one of England’s best players, the ex Chelsea striker warned Klopp about disrupting Salah’s momentum.
“If he stays fit he has no problems. If you’ve got your first XI but Lallana is in and always get injured, it’s hard for a manager to rely on you,” Cole told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“If Salah is doing the business, you wouldn’t want to disrupt that.”
Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League last season to secure a return to the Champions League following a two-season absence.
The Reds signed four players in the summer transfer window to bolster their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.