After a Man of the Match performance against Manchester City and two decent performances against Crystal Palace and Manchester United respectively, could Adam Lallana be becoming an influential part of Liverpool’s future?
Since arriving at Anfield in the summer of 2014, Adam Lallana has been some what disappointing to watch in a Liverpool shirt at times. The expectation on his shoulders was huge after making a big money move from Southampton, and Liverpool fans were expecting him to carry his fine form of the 13/14 season with him into the new season. However after only appearing in just under 40% of all Liverpool games since his move, many people were asking the question, is Lallana good enough to play for Liverpool?
However, since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp in October 2015, Lallana has seemed to featured for Liverpool a lot more than he did under previous manager, Brendan Rodgers. Whether this is down to the differing play style of the two managers or not, Lallana has thrived under Klopp since the turn of the year, providing the team with plenty of goals and assists.
Most noticeably, Lallana’s relationship with Roberto Firmino on the pitch has been Liverpool’s biggest strength over the last 3 to 4 games. The most recent example being the second of Liverpool’s two goals in the 2-0 win over Manchester United, where Lallana assisted Firmino for the Brazilian’s 3rd goal in as many games. Being a Liverpool fan myself, this will hopefully be a relationship that will continue to flourish and scare defences in the Premier League and in Europe. Click on the video below to see a sublime piece of individual skill from the man himself.
Lallana has been absolutely unreal tonight
— GCIIMessi (@GCIIMessi) March 2, 2016
Now, when comparing Lallana to the other attacking options that Liverpool have, any Liverpool fan would agree that he would probably be fourth when it comes to the pecking order of Liverpool’s talented attack. Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge are, at this current moment in time, arguably better attacking options for Klopp. Both Coutinho and Sturridge have proved that they are top players in the Premier League, with both being in the BPL Team of the Season in the last two years, (Sturridge 13/14 season & Coutinho 14/15 season), and Firmino being, arguably, Liverpool’s best attacking player of the 15/16 season so far (not that, that is much of an achievement considering the pretty disappointing season so far).
However, if Lallana keeps putting performances in like he has done over the last couple of weeks then I’m sure he will start to see himself slowly creeping up that order.
Overall, I believe that Adam Lallana has what it takes to cement a spot into the Liverpool first team and thrive under Jurgen Klopp, but only time will tell.
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Flanagan, Can, Milner Firmino and Lallana all in the Team of the Week with Lallana as player of the week. pic.twitter.com/1Km8kHcWtI
— The Anfield Chat (@TheAnfieldChat) March 3, 2016