Liverpool need to gain some momentum again after registering a 0-0 draw with Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
One player hoping to the a part of their recent success is attacker Adam Lallana, who is set to make a return from injury after the international break, according to the Times.
However, it is safe to say that before his recent setback, the 30-year-old was hardly setting the league alight with his displays.
He only made 12 league appearances in the 2017/18 campaign, and he certainly has a lot to prove if Jurgen Klopp is going to hand him a first team start any time soon.
The report states that Klopp is “counting on his availability” – while Lallana may provide the Reds with the depth they need to maintain their momentum, he is going to find it incredibly to break into the first team on a regular basis.
With the level of talent that Liverpool currently have in the midfield, the attacking midfielder must recognise that he is only capable of establishing himself as a fringe player this season.
Liverpool’s attacking talent are not going to be usurped any time soon and the faster that Lallana realises that this the case, the easier he will find life at Anfield.
He is nowhere near the standard required of a first team player at Liverpool, and he is certainly not at the standard for a team who are genuine contenders for the title.
There is no doubting that Lallana is a talented player – but to play for a team like the Reds, he must improve considerably.
A fringe role looks to be his most likely fate this season – if anything, he is just a player who can give Klopp assurances about the depth of his squad.