Rodgers hints that £25m star could make debut against Villa

Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Adam Lallana could be in-line to make his debut at the weekend.

Adam Lallana could be in line to make his first Anfield appearance when his side take on Aston Villa at the weekend.

Lallana completed a £25 million move to join the Reds from Southampton over the summer, but he has had to be patient in waiting to make his debut.

The 26-year-old picked up a knee injury which has kept him out of action until recently, but it appears that he is back in the first-team fold now.

Lallana played in a behind-closed-doors friendly match against Wolverhampton Wanderers during the international break and came through 90 minutes unscathed, meaning that Rodgers has been convinced of his fitness.

"He's looked very good. He is obviously short of match fitness, but the only way he is going to get that is by playing," Rodgers said to the club's official site. 

"He featured in the game we had here at Melwood against Wolves behind closed doors, scored the winning goal and did very well. In training he's worked very, very hard."

"It's just about him getting the minutes and the game time, and we'll look forward to introducing him back to that over the next couple of weeks."

Lallana, if he does play against Villa, is likely to make an appearance off the bench as getting into the starting line-up appears a hard task at the moment.

The Reds ran out 3-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in a thoroughly accomplished performance in their last game before the international break.

It was a win which gave supporters of the Merseyside outfit confidence that they could consolidate their position in the top four, which they worked so hard to reclaim last season.

When Lallana does break through he is likely to take the place of Joe Allen in the diamond and will add further quality to an already intimidating attacking line-up at Anfield. 

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