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Liverpool forward Lallana close to return

Lallana is yet to play any competitive football this season for Liverpool. Credit: PA

Adam Lallana remains on track for a return to the Liverpool side next month.

The attacking midfielder is yet to play for the Reds this season after suffering a thigh injury in a pre-season clash with Atletico Madrid.

Lallana spent time in Qatar last week as part of his recovery programme but returned to Melwood on Monday.

Boss Jurgen Klopp told "It's absolutely good news. I cannot say now, but maybe after the next international break he could be back.

"It would be fantastic for us, of course. Everybody knows what kind of a quality player he is."

Klopp saw his attacking options limited further last week by the loss of Sadio Mane to a hamstring injury.

Henderson's England selection leaves Klopp unhappy

Klopp isn't happy over England's selection of Jordan Henderson. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put himself on a collision course with Gareth Southgate after criticising the England boss' handling of Jordan Henderson.

The German was unhappy his captain played the full 90 minutes in both their recent qualifying matches, particularly the game against Lithuania on an artificial pitch with their World Cup place already secured.

Over the past year Henderson has had to cope with a troublesome heel problem which saw him miss the final three months of last season.

"England played a friendly game on an artificial surface - it was a qualification game but they had already qualified - and I was not happy that Hendo was on the pitch to be honest with all the problems he's had in the past," said Klopp.

"It made no sense. We cannot be involved in this. They all make their own decisions.

"No manager of a national team asked me so far before a game 'How would you line up?'.

"We watch it, we wait until they come back and we take what we get."

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