Friday 22 February 2019

Lallana is back but won't play

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana has been name d in Liverpool's 23-man squad for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma following a spell out with a hamstring injury.

The England international has travelled to Italy even though he has not featured since picking up a problem shortly after coming on as a substitute against Crystal Palace in March.

Lallana travelled to South Africa for treatment last month and boss Jurgen Klopp said last week that "one or two games might be possible for him", but that there was "no chance" he would feature against Roma tonight.

The Reds' last two Premier League games are against Chelsea and Brighton and their campaign could conclude with the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.

Liverpool are currently short of midfield options as both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Emre Can (back) are sidelined.

Defender Joe Gomez has not flown to Rome with his colleagues after picking up an ankle problem in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Stoke.

Forward Sadio Mane, who was left out of the squad at the weekend, was on the plane, as were captain Jordan Henderson and defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, both of whom had minor fitness concerns.

Klopp later reiterated that Lallana will not be available for selection at the Stadio Olimpico.

"Adam Lallana is here in the training squad, but not available for the game," the German said. "He's in the training squad and that's very nice."

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