The Reds are on a roll. With six wins and two draws from an eight-match run that has included trips to Tottenham and Chelsea as well as a visit from fierce rivals Manchester United - and having scored 22 goals in the process - it seems Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool has found the sort of consistency it was lacking last year. The alienation of fan favourite Mamadou Sakho and slight concerns about the fit of an off-form Daniel Sturridge aside, things seem suspiciously peachy. It's not surprising that the manager is in a positive mood when talking about his players.
The most recent subject of a glowing review is Adam Lallana. The former Southampton man and sixth most expensive Liverpool signing of all time has been a divisive figure among the Reds fanbase since his arrival two years ago, as praise for his work rate and technical ability is often countered with criticism regarding his tendency to hold on to the ball too long and a lack of end product.
A move to a shuttling role in central midfield seems to have made all the difference, and Lallana has looked increasingly influential on both sides of the ball, with his 30 minute cameo against Manchester United on Monday perhaps the starkest example. Coming on for an ineffective Sturridge, Lallana's introduction immediately energised the Reds, and the 28-year old was the pumping adrenaline of a late surge that nearly saw the hosts snatch a win. Klopp was not surprised:
“He is a very good football player, very important for us and in my opinion his development is not that big; I didn’t watch the games before I came [here], but since I have been here he has been on a constant high level. With all the improvement in the team, he can take the benefit of this too.
"He brings a lot in the team with all of his quality and that’s alright, all good. (...)
“When he was very young he was already captain of Southampton – that says a lot about him.
“He is a smart boy and now at an age where experience helps more and more when you are smart enough. That’s what he uses – it grows confidence, that’s how it is. He is a real Liverpool player, he loves this club.
“Now he is here and I am really happy about this fact.”
Most fans should be happy about the current iteration of Adam Lallana plying his trade at the club. His three goals and three assists puts him top of the club’s goal involvement chart this season, and he was deservedly named the the Reds' player of the month, both by the club and on this site. It has taken two years and a number of ups and downs, but it seems Lallana has finally found his place at the club, and that whatever success Liverpool achieve this year, he will be at the heart of it.