Brendan Rodgers: £25m Liverpool man has been 'outstanding' in training

The Reds boss may have given Liverpool fans a reason to be excited.

Brendan Rodgers says £25 million summer signing Adam Lallana has been 'outstanding' in training.

The former Southampton captain will form part of Liverpool's squad when they travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham on Sunday and, if practice is anything to go by, Rodgers feels he can make an impact.

Lallana is, however, short of match fitness, though the Reds boss believes he can still make a difference.

“Adam will definitely be in the squad because he looks great,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“He’s obviously short of match fitness but that’s the only thing missing. His quality and technical ability in training has been outstanding.

“He’s a big talent with a great personality. He’s ideal for what we’re doing here. Unfortunately, he wasn’t ready for the England squad this time around but he’s a wonderful player.

“He’s come in here as the captain of Southampton. He’s a good character and has outstanding football ability. I think the supporters will see that over this season but we can’t rush him. He has been out a long time.”

Lallana is yet to play for Liverpool in the Premier League this season due to his injury troubles, although fellow summer recruits Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo, Alberto Moreno and Emre Can have.

Mario Balotelli, who recently moved to Anfield for £16 million, may also feature against Spurs, although he - unlike Lallana - could be in line to start for Rodgers' side.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has warned his fringe players that they should look for a deadline-day move away from the club:

“Every player here knows their situation, so if they’re here after that deadline on Monday, they’ve decided to stay but their game time will be very limited," he told the Times.

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