Liverpool saw their former player get an assist at Anfield for Brighton on Saturday. The Reds admit they miss the 33-year-old.
Jurgen Klopp knew a reunion was on the cards as Liverpool hosted Brighton yesterday. As he talked about before the game, it would be the return of Adam Lallana.
Lallana joined Brighton over a year ago after his Liverpool contract expired. Klopp, though, admits he misses the player.
“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.”
And Liverpool saw that rare player up close at Anfield as Lallana put in a very productive performance against his old side.
The 33-year-old finished the game having won five tackles – a game-high. In fact, Liverpool only managed eight as a team.
Lallana also showed off the other side of his game that Klopp pointed out. He created two chances for teammates, including an assist for the equalising goal.
It was the kind of all-around performance Klopp was talking about. Liverpool, though, couldn’t find similar in their midfield.
Lallana gets Brighton assist v Liverpool
It’s no secret that Klopp loves what Lallana can bring. In fact, we believe he’s inspired Liverpool to develop similar players, with both Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott following his blueprint.
Both are primarily attacking midfielders with tonnes of technical ability, who also press hard and win the ball back. This was a reminder that there’s a ways to go, however.
Jones didn’t win any tackles here, though he did make three interceptions. And while his passing was precise (98% accuracy) he failed to create anything against the Seagulls.
The Scouser has a ways to go, then, before he replicates Lallana. To be fair, we are comparing a 20-year-old with someone 13 years his senior but it does show the levels Liverpool want.
Jones needs to add more all-around consistency to his game and Lallana showed him that up close on Saturday. Liverpool will hope their former star helped inspire their next great hopes on the night he said goodbye.