Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he is very happy with how Adam Lallana performed when he came on against Manchester United.
When Premier League Player of the Month nominee Lallana went down injured against Swansea City a few weeks ago, I immediately got that sense of dread that accompanies the loss of one of your best players.
The fact that Lallana is one of the most important players in Klopp’s starting lineup is remarkable. Under Brendan Rodgers, we saw infrequent glances of the Englishman’s class on the ball but his first season at Liverpool was highly frustrating as he failed to replicate the form which earned him the move to Merseyside.
Fast forward to October 2016, however, and, under Jurgen Klopp, he is setting the Premier League alight once more. When he was Southampton’s skipper, Lallana was nigh on untouchable. His grace and silky skill on the ball meant that he was one of the best attacking midfielders in the division.
After picking up a groin injury against the Swans, there were fears that Lallana’s electric form would be interrupted and we’d see more of the same frustrating player that cost the club £25 million. After coming on for the final 30 minutes against Manchester United, however, Lallana changed the game and proved why he was nominated for Player of the Month.
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Klopp spoke about Lallana in his post-United press conference and was full of praise for a player who has come on in leaps and bounds under his tutelage.
“He’s a good player, so it was no surprise,” Klopp said. “But he trained for two days – maybe he could’ve started, I don’t know, he was really close.
“Thank you to the medical department, the fitness coaches, because they did a great job. After two days training, he could’ve played, but no-one knows for how long.
“When he came in he was really sharp, greedy, after 12 or 13 days, to feel the ball again.”
Despite dropping two points against Manchester United, Liverpool is fourth in the league table and has West Brom up next to test their ability to take on the smaller sides once again. Victory would ensure that the Reds stay ahead of Chelsea who are snapping at their heals and keep the pressure on the table toppers.
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