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Adam Lallana has been ruled out of the Merseyside derby with a thigh injury sustained during England’s win against Lithuania and could be on the sidelines for up to a month.

The Liverpool midfielder completed the entire 2-0 victory on Sunday but received a knock in the process and it is serious enough to potentially rule him out of the club’s next five Premier League games.

Liverpool host Everton on Saturday lunchtime before Bournemouth visit Anfield next Wednesday. Away fixtures at Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion follow before a home match against Crystal Palace. Should Lallana miss exactly a month’s action, he would return on 1 May for the trip to Watford.

Lallana has scored seven Premier League goals this season – although none since 27 December – and is a vital part of Jürgen Klopp’s team as they bid to remain in the top four. They sit four points above fifth-placed Manchester United, who have two games in hand, and Lallana’s injury is a significant blow to their hopes.

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