Jordan Henderson is tipping Adam Lallana to make a positive impact for both club and country this season.
The playmaker has returned to full fitness after a thigh problem sustained on England duty in September meant he missed Liverpool’s run of seven games in 23 days prior to the current international break.
Injury issues also restricted him to 15 appearances for the Reds last term, but Henderson is in no doubt about what a fully-fit Lallana will provide both teams over the course of the campaign.
"He is such a big talent - not so long ago he was England's player of the year,” said Liverpool’s captain.
"He is a massive player. I feel that we have missed him, both with Liverpool and with England.
"It's exciting for me to know that when he comes back in, he can take us forward even more. He can help us get better and I am excited for Liverpool and England for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of.
"There's not many players that play like Adam. He is unique in that way, how he links the play. He's so good on the ball, he's got a great work ethic and he still does the defensive work.
"We have missed him in the sense of what he brings to the team. It would have been a boost to have had him at the World Cup. And for Liverpool too.
"Last season would have been even better for both teams because of the talent that he is.
"But if he stays fit he can be a massive player for us going forward and still have a big impact."