Adam Lallana picks up nasty head injury requiring four stitches as Liverpool hammer Bournemouth to go top of the Premier League table
- Liverpool struck four goals at Bournemouth to go top of the Premier League
- Adam Lallana came on as a late substitute to face his former club
- The midfielder was involved in a nasty heads collision and was covered in blood
- After being patched up Lallana returned to the action to finish the rest of the tie
Adam Lallana quite literally poured blood, sweat and tears into his substitute performance as Liverpool smashed four past Bournemouth to go top of the league.
The midfielder sustained a nasty head injury after colliding with opponent Jefferson Lerma for an aerial ball, and later revealed he needed four stitches to sew up the wound.
Lallana was left in a heap on the turf, and rising quickly to his knees could be seen with a face full of blood.
Adam Lallana was left bloodied after challenging for an aerial ball against Bournemouth
The 30-year-old had come on as a late substitute against his former club
Medical staff were required to treat the midfielder, though Lallana was able to continue
The 30-year-old was quickly ushered off the pitch to receive attention, during which the Liverpool medical staff applied a clotting solution in order for Lallana to return to the action.
Following a change of shirt, the England international was good to go and returned to the fray as the Reds saw out the dominant performance with another clean sheet.
It was Lallana’s first appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side since his start in last month’s Champions League defeat by Red Star Belgrade.
With a switched up midfield containing summer signings Fabinho and Naby Keita alongside Georginio Wijnaldum, Lallana found himself starting Saturday’s game on the bench alongside captain Jordan Henderson.
Lallana looked visibly shaken up, but quickly returned to action after a change of shirt
The midfielder threw himself into the thick of the action after coming on and was praised
Game time has been limited for the former Southampton playmaker, though Liverpool fans were pleased with his cameo appearance and expressed their satisfaction online.
One Liverpool fan took to Twitter to write: ‘Lallana’s best cameo in years.’
Another echoed the sentiments: ‘Why do fans dislike Lallana he’s absolutely quality when he’s fit.’
Lallana excelled during the 2016/17 under Klopp and became a regular in the Liverpool starting XI.
An injury-hit campaign however saw the midfielder spend a large portion of the last season out of action, while missing out on a place in England’s Russia World Cup squad as a result.