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Liverpool planning to send Lallana to Qatar for treatment

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Liverpool have sent Adam Lallana to a specialist clinic in Qatar as he edges closer to a first team return.

The England international has not played this season due to a thigh injury he sustained in training on August 4 and he has been badly missed by his beloved club and country for two months.

Lallana ruptured a tendon in his left thigh, a serious issue which required crutches to walk. The only relief is that he did not require surgery.

His rehabilitation, however, has gone smoothly and he was able to move from gym work towards the end of September.

He is likely to be in contention to play again in the middle of next month.

To break up his routine, though, Liverpool have opted to send Lallana head to the renowned Aspire facility in Qatar, with a member of their medical staff, where he can continue his programme and be treated at the Aspetar sports clinic.

Liverpool will not put a specific date on when the 29-year-old will be available but November has always been the target and that would be a tough test for Klopp, as his side face a sequence of 13 games in 44 days after the next international break.

Klopp, meanwhile, is not in any hurry to make a new appointment to his backroom staff after Andy Renshaw, the former head of physiotherapy, was sacked at the end of last week, 15 months after he was brought in to replace Chris Morgan.