The spirited footballer. The hard-working professional. The over-rated midfielder. Adam Lallana is either very good or he’s average or he’s not what the team needs or he’s the magic cog in the team. The man has brought forth a spectrum of emotion and reaction from the Liverpool fanbase since his arrival two summers ago. His price tag was high for some. But aside from money, Lallana has also needed to add goals to his game and make better use of all his flips and turns and burns and stops. Thankfully, that’s exactly what we are seeing from him this season. And the English attacking midfielder has just picked up September’s Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for his troubles.
“It’s been a great month,” Lallana told the offal. “We have been very successful as a team.
“It is nice to get the award but I think it could have gone to anyone in the whole squad.
“When you perform well as a team you are going to get players playing well individually.”
That’s very humble of the St. Albans-born man, but he’s certainly not wrong here. September was the month of many outstanding players doing many outstanding things. But, throughout, Adam Lallana has been just as undroppable as many of our marquee players and he’s earned this praise by keeping his head down, training harder and breathing in that sweet Klopp ethos.
Since the arrival of Jürgen Klopp, Lallana’s game and his movement with the team has been exceptional. He presses unrelentingly, causing turnover after turnover. He’s making better use of his cadre of tricks, opening up new spaces and finding teammates in dangerous positions. And his enthusiasm on the pitch feels like genuine glee at finally making a mark on this Liverpool team and earning the respect of his doubters.
Happy Fancy-New-Trophy Day to you, Adam. May it be as magical as the Cruyff turns in your dreams.