Jordan Henderson believes a fully fit Adam Lallana will be crucial for both Liverpool and England as they look to make progress.
Despite the Three Lions reaching the World Cup semi-finals in the summer, their lack of a midfield playmaker was clear, and Henderson believes that Lallana could be the answer.
Much has been made of the player’s injury issues and the fact he is now in his 30s, but Henderson says he will still be crucial for Gareth Southgate’s men.
“Probably the biggest one that I’d look at as that type of player is Adam Lallana, who obviously is a big part of Liverpool and England,” Henderson said.
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“We have missed him in the sense of what he brings to the team.”
Henderson is close friends with Lallana, who missed out on the World Cup squad due to injury issues last term and then had to pull out of last month’s England squad with a groin problem suffered in the first training session.
“Now I see him in training, it’s like he has never been away,” the Reds midfielder said. “He is such a big talent.
“It’s exciting for me to know that when he comes back in, he can take us forward even more.
He can help us get better and I am excited for the teams and for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of.”