Jurgen Klopp admits he misses having ‘incredible’ Adam Lallana in his squad. It seems quite clear that Liverpool hope to recreate his magic.
Adam Lallana was, for a time, a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. The English midfielder would often lead the press, while his ability on the ball allowed the side to keep it in tight spaces.
His 16/17 campaign was absolutely fantastic, seeing him win England Footballer of the Year and establishing himself as one of the Reds’ best.
Unfortunately, injuries took their toll, robbing Lallana of regular football for the rest of his Liverpool career.
Lallana will now face Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow with Brighton, which gave Jurgen Klopp an excuse to praise his former player. It’s safe to say he’s a big, big fan.
“I miss Adam still to be honest,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com. “We obviously don’t have plenty of sessions during the week because we play that often but Adam set the standard from the first to the last day pretty much, and that was really impressive.
“What I loved about him [was] a football player with the technical skills he has, and then [also] this working mentality, is really rare. I think we all agree, if Adam would have been a little bit less often injured, that could have been still on another level – and it was already great.
“So, one of the best players I ever worked with, an absolutely incredible person as well.”
Lallana left in 2020 but it appears Liverpool still want his blend of hard work and technical skill. Two current prodigies look set to follow that trend.
Liverpool look to recreate ‘incredible’ Lallana
It was clear fairly early on that Curtis Jones could follow in Lallana’s footsteps. Much like his older compatriot, Jones mixes fantastic footwork with constant pressing.
As with Lallana, the Scouser is a natural attacking midfielder who plays a slightly deeper role than he likely would elsewhere. Liverpool turn to Jones when they want someone who can press and drop deep but also carry the ball into dangerous areas.
What’s particularly interesting is that we saw Liverpool do exactly the same with Harvey Elliott at the start of the season. Again, he’s an advanced player who Klopp dropped into a deeper midfield role.
And much like Jones, he follows the Lallana blueprint. A technically excellent footballer who presses like mad.
It really goes to show just how much Klopp and Liverpool valued Lallana. While he may have been gone for over a year now, his inspiration remains at the club.
And with Jones and Elliott, Liverpool hope to develop two players who can take Lallana’s brilliance to another level.