Jurgen Klopp says Adam Lallana remains a key player to Liverpool, and still has a role to play.
The 29-year-old has been limited to just 10 appearances this season, as he faces thigh injuries.
“Adam, absolutely, was an integral part of the team and with the competition we have for Adam it is still usually not a problem for him, because he is important to us,” he said.
“But he needed only time. Life is to learn from your mistakes and we all have to learn.
“We made this mistake – he looked fit. Maybe two little setbacks, not the biggest setbacks, but in and out, in and out, and that makes no sense so now we have to build with him. He is coming close.
“But of course he now has no rhythm, which is another thing. We still need him, we will use him still.”
Even without Lallana, Liverpool sit third in the Premier League and are on track to reach the last eight in the Champions League.