Jurgen Klopp told the press after his side’s 3-1 over Bradford City that Adam Lallana is a good fit for the ‘Jorginho role’.
The Mirror quotes the German as saying: “Adam is the kind of player who can play that and he enjoys this ‘Jorginho’ role – I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see the games or he will make an offer.”
The Englishman is 31 and after being plagued by injury the last few years is set to receive another chance to succeed at Anfield.
While he might not be the best player in the squad or even good enough to be a regular starter, the former Saints man has the quality to be a decent rotational option.
His composure on the ball and willingness to do the dirty work means that he isn’t a luxury option like Daniel Sturridge was before he was released by the club this summer.
Lallana has been used in a slightly deeper role than usual so far in pre-season and as Klopp told the media, he could be used in a slightly deeper role when his lack of pace won’t be exposed.
His passing is decent and he’s not afraid to play a risky pass between the lines which makes him the ideal player for the role but his limited passing range means that he might be less effective than if he was able to spray the ball across the park.
Even if Lallana was perfect for the ‘Jorginho role’, he’s not going to get much game time with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to start the season fresh from last season’s injury problems and that’s before you consider that James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho are all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Lallana is essentially last in line for a place in the side which makes it difficult to see him playing much more than the 13 appearances he made last term.
Jorgino signed for Chelsea for £50million (BBC) and, while he has not played his best football in England, Lallana will be hoping to replicate the Italian’s fine form in his homeland.