Jordan Henderson confident 30-year-old can improve Liverpool FC
The Liverpool FC captain is excited about Adam Lallana's return to first-team action
Jordan Henderson is adamant that Adam Lallana’s return from injury will be a massive boost to Liverpool FC.
The 30-year-old has racked up a mere three minutes of Premier League football this season after a brief cameo in a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on 20 August.
Lallana got three minutes under his belt in the Merseyside outfit’s second Premier League fixture of the current campaign following a 4-0 victory over West Ham in their season opener.
The England international missed out on their World Cup campaign in the summer due to an injury problem, which represented a blow given Lallana was the 2016 England player of the year.
Lallana has struggled with a thigh problem over past month or so to limit his playing time under Jurgen Klopp in what has been a disappointing start to the season for the experienced playmaker.
However, the attacking midfielder has fully recovered from the injury setback ahead of Liverpool FC’s trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday evening.
Liverpool FC captain Henderson believes Lallana will make Klopp’s side better upon his return to first-team fixture at the Anfield outfit.
“He is such a big talent – not so long ago he was England’s player of the year,” Henderson is quoted as saying by Liverpool FC’s website.
“He is a massive player. I feel that we have missed him, both with Liverpool and with England.
“It’s exciting for me to know that when he comes back in, he can take us forward even more. He can help us get better and I am excited for Liverpool and England for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of.
“There’s not many players that play like Adam. He is unique in that way, how he links the play. He’s so good on the ball, he’s got a great work ethic and he still does the defensive work.
“We have missed him in the sense of what he brings to the team. It would have been a boost to have had him at the World Cup. And for Liverpool too.
“Last season would have been even better for both teams because of the talent that he is.
“But if he stays fit he can be a massive player for us going forward and still have a big impact.”
Lallana moved to Liverpool FC in a £25m deal from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
The St Albans-born star scored 10 goals in 42 games in all competitions in the 2013-14 season as the Saints captain earned a move to the 18-time English champions.
Lallana has produced his best football under his neighbour and manager Klopp after the German head coach took over the reins at the Anfield side in October 2015.
The Liverpool FC number 20 has scored 21 goals in 141 games in all competitions over the past four seasons at the 18-time English champions.
Lallana was limited to 15 appearances in an injury-hit 2017-18 season as the England star struggled with a number of varying fitness problems.