- 17:52, 31 MAR 2017
I thought Jordan Henderson did very well at Goodison but we have coped okay without him. If you look at Arsenal, or even Manchester City, we put in a strong performance.
That’s fine, and we can manage with one player missing, but when you have to manage with more than one, that’s when it becomes a concern.
Lallana has been our most consistent and most influential performer. Sure, he hasn’t been our top goalscorer, but his contribution to the team has been superb.
He’s improved his goals and assists this season, but it’s his all-round efforts which have been so vital. He sets the press, he gets the crowd going and he turns defence into attack.
We’re all frustrated he was injured with England because, like every international break, we just want them back fully fit. But players have been injured before playing for their countries, and it will happen again.
It’s come at a bad time for Liverpool because of the importance of this Merseyside derby. It’s a massive game for both teams and a lot of the pre-match talk has been negative.
Injuries for Liverpool, injuries for Everton, their poor form at Anfield…it’s very negative but I’m expecting an exciting game.