Liverpool will '100 per cent' need Adam Lallana for a run-in that Jürgen Klopp hopes will involve as many as 15 more matches.
The No.20 has been restricted to two starts and 10 appearances in total so far this season as a result of a long-term thigh injury and two subsequent setbacks.
But Lallana is fit and available to Klopp once again and with the race for a position in the Premier League top four ongoing and Champions League progress an equally important ambition, the manager intends to call on the England international.
“He has a 100 per cent statistic when he starts… he started at Burnley [and against Everton in the FA Cup] and we won!” he explained to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of Tuesday’s clash with FC Porto.
“Adam had a serious injury, long-term. Then he was coming back and had two little setbacks; he was not too lucky in these situations.
“Now he is coming back and training good and getting more and more stable fitness levels. That’s good.
“To be honest, I would love to have six European and nine Premier League games – that would mean there are a lot of games to come. We need Adam, 100 per cent, and we will use him for sure.”