You may have seen some ‘headlines’ online on Thursday online claiming how Adam Lallana is supposedly going to be dropped for Saturday’s match against Spurs. Where they come from makes them look a bit daft.
If you ignore the fact Lallana has been one of Jurgen Klopp‘s most important players this season, and that he’s contributed more goals and assists combined than any other player except Sadio Mane, then perhaps you could see why he might be dropped, with his performances of late having dropped off.
However, the source for these claims is TalkSport radio host Micky Quinn, who claims: ““Klopp has read this Liverpool team the riot act. Since the defeat against Hull they have been on the training ground every day working to a pattern to beat Spurs.
“By all accounts that didn’t involve Adam Lallana, so whether he’s going to dropped, I’m not too sure.”
Quinn’s claim of Liverpool being “on the training ground every day” completely goes against what the more reputable James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has reported earlier this week, when he wrote that the Liverpool squad were in fact given two days off after the defeat at Hull City, with a week between that and their next game and after a run of 10 games in 32 days.
Which do you think is more believable? And credible?
Quinn made the claim on Thursday morning, so at the most that’s Tuesday and Wednesday that Liverpool were actually in training.
Whether Lallana sat those sessions out isn’t clear, but it could well be that he has an injury of some sort. What is clear is that Quinn’s claim about “being on the training ground every day” is highly unlikely.
“West Ham want Sturridge today,” claimed Quinn on January 31. “The deal all down to @LFC whether they want to let him go now or end of season.”
Of course the deal didn’t happen, and never was going to happen.
It comes not long after LFC owner John Henry took to Twitter to mock another TalkSport presenter, Ian ‘Moose’ Abrahams, when he claimed talks over a takeover of the club with a Chinese consortium could be completed by Christmas.
“Good that your sources will be debunked so soon. Usually it takes a long time!” quipped Henry.
Again, of course it never happened.