How Liverpool's injury blows should guarantee at least one signing's full debut

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana is in line for his first team debut, and Lazar Markovic could also be in line for his full debut against Aston Villa as the main beneficiaries of the side's injury problems.

Liverpool's injury setbacks during the international breaks means that misfortune for some brings about opportunities for others.

The Reds are about to enter a period of five games in 14 days as they return to the Champions League, enter the League Cup at the third round stage along with the rest of the sides competing in Europe, alongside their Premier League commitments.

Emre Can has been ruled out for around six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments whilst playing for Germany's under-21 side, there are concerns over Joe Allen's knee whilst the injury to Daniel Sturridge, and Liverpool's subsequent frustration and anger as to how it came about, is well documented.

Add those to the list of Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson who missed the side's win over Tottenham before the international break, the Reds have a fair few recognised names out of the side in the coming games.

For tomorrow's encounter against Aston Villa at Anfield, it opens up the opportunity to a couple of new signings. One would imagine that with concerns over Joe Allen's fitness, manager Brendan Rodgers will opt for a formation closer to 4-3-3 rather than the 4-4-2 diamond given Sturridge's absence.   

Adam Lallana has appears to have proved his fitness in training, and in a friendly behind closed doors against Wolves, and Rodgers has spoken highly of the £25 million signing all week. 

Lallana could fit into the side in two positions in this case. He could form part of the midfield three with both Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson - or part of the front three with Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli.

If the former were to happen, the natural choice would be to play fellow new signing Lazar Markovic as part of the front three - who has shown some classy touches in his performances from the bench against both Manchester City and Tottenham - though Philippe Coutinho would also come into contention.

But if Rodgers wanted to play Lallana in the more advanced role, it would give Coutinho the opportunity to play from a deeper position as part of a midfield three - where he excelled in the huge victories over Everton and Arsenal last season.

It would seem this is the time for Lallana to be given his debut for the Reds, it's just a case of where he will play.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch