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Danny Murphy: Lallana Had Sensational Performance

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Former Red is delighted with the Arsenal game.

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Danny Murphy, who was a Red and now talks about football for money, is incredibly pleased with Adam Lallana’s performance in Saturday’s win against Arsenal. Lallana was a driving force throughout the game, and provided an assist – and a gorgeous one at that – for Liverpool’s third goal.

"He has added everything to his game this season. He has had a little lull, like all of the team have recently, but he had a point to prove,” Murphy told Match of the Day. "His pressing and his willingness to win the ball back in the opposition half and get the team on the front foot was incredible. He was sensational.”

"We know he is a good footballer and he is creative, but [for] this part of his game, playing in a central position is so much better for Adam Lallana. He is so much more involved in the game in every aspect,” Murphy added.

"In those central areas, with his energy and ability to play with both feet, and he can see the whole pitch, he’s becoming – at the moment, for me – Liverpool’s most influential player.”

Murphy isn’t the only one impressed with Lallana’s display in midfield on Saturday. Klopp has spent a lot of the past weekend talking about just how pleased he is with Liverpool’s performance, but he took time to single Lallana out.

"When we are compact, it is really nice to have Adam because he jumps out of compact formations and triggers the pressure or sets the tone," Klopp said. "Stability is the base for everything and we wanted to be stable. We worked really well in these parts together and Adam, it is nice to have him in this role."

Hopefully, it’ll be the same compact team that turns out to play against Burnley next Sunday.