Adam Lallana was sent off for the Liverpool U23s for violent conduct toward a Spurs youth player.
The Liverpool midfielder started for the Reds in Monday evening’s U23s game against Tottenham Hotspur U23s in order to regain match fitness.
Lallana has been sidelined from senior duty due to injury and missed Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the London club at Anfield.
But the England international reacted furiously to a mid-air challenge by Spurs’ George Marsh, 19, midway through the second half of the Premier League 2 clash, which Liverpool lost 1-0.
The 29-year-old Liverpool player appeared to grab his teenage opponent by the neck. He was then shown a straight red card.
Lallana sent off for the U23’s could face 3 game PL ban. pic.twitter.com/iqOLNoP8Pu
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) February 5, 2018
“I’ve never seen Adam react like that,” said Liverpool’s U23s manager Neil Critchley, according to BBC Sport.
Lallana had suffered an injury setback following a long-awaited return from a groin problem.
Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be disappointed with the way that his player reacted in the game towards the Spurs teenager, but he will be relieved that bans received in youth leagues do not carry over to first-team matches.
It was a miserable night for the Liverpool youngsters, who were beaten by Jack Roles’ second-half volley. The young Reds ended the game with just nine men after George Johnston picked up a second yellow card late on.
The incident is not without precedent. Fellow England international Jack Wilshere was also sent off for violent conduct in an U23s game for Arsenal against Manchester City in August of last year.
Liverpool fans react to Lallana’s red card
It’s safe to say most Liverpool fans were bewildered at Lallana’s apparent rage, with literally none of those selected below feeling inclined to defend him…
What is Lallana doing there? Is it a headlock? Is he trying to bend him over? Speechless
— Ü (@ThoseScouseLads) February 5, 2018
Just saw the video of Lallana being sent off for the U23s, what on Earth was he thinking?
— Werrett (@WerrettFM) February 5, 2018
Tbf Lallana deserves a 1 game senior squad ban as well for that! What was he thinking!!!
— RedorDead (@snehashish_) February 5, 2018
Adam Lallana you silly lad you.
— Matt Goodall (@MattBGUK) February 5, 2018
Lovely to have Lallana back https://t.co/kkuSZpmEiP
— Teach (@T3ACH) February 5, 2018
Lallana’s red card was well deserved, not the best behaviour from him
— Lucy Taylor (@LucyMaryTaylor) February 5, 2018
Lallana proper lost it tonight, usually so calm as well
— Paul (@PaulConUK) February 5, 2018
Just saw video of Lallana. He should be ashamed of himself. Acted like a little thug. He’s old enough to know better #lfc #adamlallana
— AnfieldIrish (@KopDublin) February 5, 2018
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