England manager Gareth Southgate has called Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp to ensure there is no ill will following the untimely injury to Adam Lallana.
Lallana suffered a thigh injury when playing for his country against Lithuania last weekend. He will miss this weekend’s Merseyside derby and faces up to four weeks out.
Amid the obvious frustration and disappointment, Southgate sought to reach out to Klopp in a phone call on Wednesday. It is understood there is no lingering issue between the pair.
Lallana started both the friendly in Germany and the World Cup qualifier at Wembley. He has become fundamental to England’s new-look line-up and is now one of the most important players in the squad.
Klopp recognises this is a reward for one of the most professional and technically-gifted players he works with and the latest injury was bad luck and awful timing, but Southgate felt it was important to talk about the issue.
There was no question Lallana would feature against Lithuania last Sunday. He received a kick in the first half which was diagnosed as a dead leg but was evidently worse than it seemed.
Unfortunately, it is the second time in recent months Lallana has returned from England duty with a knock.
He was ruled out for several weeks last November after being hurt during an England friendly with Spain. His absence disrupted Liverpool at that time and they can ill-afford a similar loss of form as they seek to preserve their current top-four spot.
Klopp’s views will become clearer when he holds his weekly press briefing on Friday.
He is sure to be frustrated and the only bone of contention appears to be the amount of game time Lallana was given over two games, most notably in the friendly match.
But Tottenham’s contingent, including Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Dele Alli, also started both the Germany and Lithuania fixtures.
John Stones and Raheem Sterling were rested in Dortmund as they were given extra recovery time following City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.