Coutinho unconcerned by 'improved' Everton ahead of derby

Lallana missed three matches after returning from global duty with a groin injury in November.

Liverpool have been dealt a blow ahead of the Merseyside derby with the news that midfielder Adam Lallana could be out for four weeks with a thigh injury sustained on worldwide duty with England.

Everton have won three of their last four league games, keeping a clean sheet in each, to reignite their hopes of qualifying for Europe but Fowler does not anticipate Ronald Koeman's side taking all three points at Anfield.

However, Press Association Sport understands Lallana sustained a kick during that match and is hampered by a thigh injury which prevented him from training on Tuesday with the rest of his team-mates who returned from global duty.

ESPN FC takes a look at three options Liverpool can use in Klopp's trusted 4-3-3 formation during Lallana's absence.

"I think it's still there [Champions League qualification for Liverpool]", Garcia added.

The 26-year-old has not featured since the 2-0 home win over Tottenham on February 11.

According to the Daily Mail, the injury, which seemed minor after the game, got progressively worse in the next 24 hours with concerns growing that the midfielder could now be sidelined for a month.

And to make matters worse, this is not the first time the 28-year-old has been injured on global duty this season, having been ruled out for one month after England's 2-2 draw against Spain last November.

Looking at Lallana's stats this season, he has made 27 Premier League appearances, scoring 7 goals, creating 32 chances, and completing 84% of his passes. The game is scheduled to start at 9.45pm local time - 1.45am on Wednesday BST - leaving them only two full days to prepare for Everton's visit in the 12.30pm kick-off.

  • Julie Sanders