Liverpool’s Adam Lallana playing through pain barrier, but expected to feature v Manchester United

Adam Lallana has two fractured ribs, but he is expected to line up for Liverpool against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been criticised by many for leaving Adam Lallana out of the starting line-up against FC Basel.

The England international was an unused substitute in the Champions League clash at Anfield in midweek, as the Reds stumbled to a 1-1 draw and crashed out of the competition.

Rodgers’s decision not to even play Lallana for a single minute bemused many, but it has now been claimed that the £25 million summer signing from Southampton is not fully fit.

According to The Guardian, the 26-year-old midfielder “has been carrying an injury since the 3-1 win at Leicester City nine days ago, when a collision left the midfielder nursing two fractured ribs”.

This will come as news to many, but the positive for Liverpool is that Lallana is expected to feature against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Lallana has been one of the few Liverpool players who has been decent so far this season, scoring two goals and creating nine chances in nine league appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 83% pass accuracy and a shot accuracy of 83%.

United will be favourites to win against their fierce rivals, but if Lallana starts at Old Trafford, then Liverpool will have a chance.

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