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Adam Lallana still 'top three or four players of England' - Jurgen Klopp

Adam Lallana still 'top three or four players of England' - Jurgen Klopp
From ESPN - March 16, 2018

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Adam Lallana is ready to do a job for England at this summer's World Cup.

The 29-year-old has managed just 12 appearances this season after a ruptured thigh muscle delayed his return until November and then two setbacks with the injury sidelined him further.

Lallana has managed to complete just one full game so far -- the goalless Champions League dead rubber against Porto -- although he did play for 86 minutes in the win over Burnley on New Year's Day.

Nevertheless he has been drafted into Gareth Southgate's squad for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy at the end of the month with Klopp's full blessing.

"We worked together with the national team and it is what we do in this case, 100 percent,'' Klopp said.

"Adam had probably the most difficult season so far of his career but he is still [one of the] top three or four players of England.

"It was a struggle because it was a really big injury because the tendon ruptured and it needed time.

"I spoke to Gareth this week and it's a big challenge for us to have him around and not to bring him [onto the pitch] to be honest.

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