Klopp careful with Lallana as reds face his former club Southampton

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Saturday 18 November 2017 - 3:00 pm
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Jurgen Klopp will treat Adam Lallana with kid gloves as he nurses him back in to Liverpool first team action.  

The Liverpool boss is preparing for tomorrow's clash against Southampton - after a two week international break and having a mid-week interrupted by a trip to hospital for the 50 year old German boss.

Klopp explained that he was fine and his visit to hospital was a pre-caution - but he is determined to protect Adam Lallana who has missed the first three months of the season with a muscle injury.

“He is a fantastic player but we want to have him for the season. This is the moment the player wants to be back immediately and I have to be the bad guy and say 'Not today, maybe tomorrow'”

“Obviously that's not too nice but I do it for him and for the club. We will see, it depends how the other players are. We will use him for sure but bringing him for 90 minutes is not a good idea and will not happen.

“What he is doing is so different to the other players: he is the 'jumper'. He loves to do that and of course it is very important for us and will be again and I am already looking forward to when we can use it again.

“But he is also a fantastic football player and he showed that in the first training session.

Lallana was an integral part of Liverpool's improved form last year and contributed 8 goals and 8 assists in his 35 appearances playing midfield.

The player declared himself 'ready' earlier this week - suggesting he is determined to get back out on the pitch after his lengthy lay off.

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Both Phil Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are back available for selection.  Coutinho hasn't played for Liverpool for almost a month - and the reds have just 2 wins in the 9 games he has played so far.  The reds have won their past three fixtures without the pair in the starting eleven.

Liverpool v Southampton kicks off at Anfield at 3pm.

Jurgen Klopp Pre Match Press Conference

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