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Adam Lallana

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by rurikbird, Mar 12, 2019.

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  1. rurikbird

    rurikbird Very Well-Known Honorary Member

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    I had a feeling he might start after Klopp chose him for the decisive 10 minutes in the game against Everton... clearly he saw something in training that suggested he's turned a corner. What did you think about his performance?

    I think the most endearing feature of Adam's game for Klopp is his off-the-ball work; in 2016-17 he was the leader and the trigger of our pressing game – goals and assists were a bonus. As he had been slowly building up his fitness coming back from an injury (and it is a slow process with him, unfortunately), that part of his game was almost completely gone – all that remained were the little turns and tricks that fooled nobody. However, with the off-the-ball part looking to be back in place, he's an exponentially more useful player, one who combines the work-rate of a midfielder with link-up play and creativity of an AM. It's possible that Lallana (alternating with Milner) is going to be the one who will carry the torch in attacking midfield until Ox is back and ready.

    I also hope Keita is watching closely and trying to understand why Lallana can be selected ahead of him in midfield. Statistically, Naby is already one of our best pressers of the ball, but he needs to learn that what gets the fans and the manager on your side and ultimately wins you the job of a Liverpool midfielder is those moments when you go to press the opposition goalkeeper with seemingly no hope of winning the ball, or throwing yourself into a block on the edge of the opponent's penalty box as Lallana did yesterday, or taking out the opposition's best player with a firm, but legal challenge, Milner-style. Liverpool is not a team where you can play within yourself and get away with it just based on your talent – let's hope Lallana's example can illustrate this point very clearly.
     
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  2. Hansern

    Hansern Part of the Furniture Member

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    I thought he was excellent. His pressing and urgency without the ball sparked us into life. His ability to carry the ball forward and pass created loads of space.

    My negative comments before the game show why Klopp is a manager and I’m at home playing FIFA 19.
     
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    Gary25 Well-Known Member

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    One swallow doesn't make a summer, but yes it was a very encouraging performance and it potentially gives Lallana's Liverpool career a shock rebirth. Between now and the end of the season at least.

    No getting away from it, we've lacked a bit of creativity in midfield this season, particularly of late so there's an attacking midfielder place up for grabs. Keita was supposed to be that man but for one reason or another, he's been a let down. I'm not convinced Shaqiri can play that position effectively, but he seems to be out of favour at the min anyway. Can't expect miracles from Chamberlain when he returns to the Matchday squad either.
     
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    Gary25 Well-Known Member

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    Having Lallana play as well as he did, also allowed the front 3 to really flourish on Sunday.
     
  5. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    He was sensational all things considered and highlighted what a good deep lying CM can do in terms of driving a team forward. He always looked to either receive the ball facing forward or turned on it instantly to move us forward. Something Henderson simply can’t do under any kind of pressure. Backwards or sideways.

    Sadly Lallana injuries mean he’ll never be consistent enough. Help us win something this season then sell him.
     
  6. juniormember

    juniormember Well-Known Member

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    The deep lying CM was Fabinho.
     
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    mom Very Active Member

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    He’s been missed in a big way. Having neither him  nor the ox has been tricky.

    (Or or nor? Not sure)
     
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    RedNinja Not a Bot.... Administrator

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  9. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Rewatch the game and look at how many times Lallana drops deep to pick up the ball. He may not have been playing DM but he took up that position extremely well to get the ball in space and start attacks
     
  10. Judge Jules

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    Nope.  Mom was right the first time.  Stick to making the bloopers, jono - you're better at those. :p
     
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    Judge Jules SCM Addict Member

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    You were right on this too.
     
  12. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Fuck's sake
     
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    Depends whether there is a single fuck or multiple. If the latter it would be "fucks' sake"
     
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    Are you saying that Mane played as a left back? Rewatch the game and look how many times Mane drops deep to either help out Robbo or pick up the ball deep. Sigh.
     
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    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Lallana was playing as the "deep-lying CM" now?

    Shut the fuck up Dreamy.
     
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    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Fucking Dreamy, the amount of hills that dopey cunt has chosen to die on has made this place resemble the fucking Lake District.
     
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    I was critical of his substitution against Everton; he's never struck me as a good impact sub. But against Burnley, credit to him, he was excellent. Hopefully he continues to provide us with such energy in the run-in, against the bottom fodder of the league, especially if we are still in Europe.
     
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    It really goes to show how little we know without an insight into training and fitness. Did anyone expect Adam to have a good game when they saw the teamsheet?
     
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    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    I was more surprised to see his name on the team sheet, rather than how he played.
     
  20. LeTallecWiz

    LeTallecWiz Mo(ssa)d Administrator

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    I thought Klopp was losing his marbles.
     
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