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Adam Lallana named in Liverpool squad ahead of Roma clash

Jurgen Klopp said last week Lallana might play in “one or two” games this season.

Adam Lallana has been named in Liverpool’s 23-man squad for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma following a spell out with a hamstring injury.

The England international has travelled to Italy even though he has not featured since picking up a problem shortly after coming on as a substitute against Crystal Palace in March.

Lallana travelled to South Africa for treatment last month and boss Jurgen Klopp said last week that “one or two games might be possible for him”, but that there was “no chance” he would feature against Roma on Wednesday.

The Reds’ last two Premier League games are against Chelsea and Brighton and their campaign could conclude with the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.

Liverpool are currently short of midfield options as both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Emre Can (back) are sidelined.

Defender Joe Gomez has not flown to Rome with his club colleagues after picking up an ankle problem in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke.

Forward Sadio Mane, who was left out of the squad at the weekend, was on the plane, as were captain Jordan Henderson and defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, both of whom had minor fitness concerns following the Potters game.

Five-time European Cup winners Liverpool hold a 5-2 advantage from the first leg at Anfield and will be hoping to progress to their eighth final.

Klopp later reiterated that Lallana will not be available for selection at the Stadio Olimpico.

“Adam Lallana is here in the training squad, but not available for the game,” the German told liverpoolfc.com.

“He’s in the training squad and that’s very nice. It shows how close he is. Unfortunately, the season is not too long anymore, but we’re really happy about having him with us.”

Klopp added that Gomez had been left at home because he had suffered “only a little setback”, yet he was unsure how long the defender would be missing for.

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