Adam Lallana. Remember him?
Remember how good he was in Klopp’s system in 2016/17? How he seamlessly acted as a key pressing trigger while also providing a terrific passing option in midfield? How effective he was at arriving in the box and scoring goals? How he... subsequently got injured and has barely played since?
Jordan Henderson remembers.
Speaking on international duty with England Henderson spoke of how his Liverpool team mate Lallana still has a role to play for club and country.
“He is such a big talent”, FourFourTwo report Henderson as saying. “Not so long ago he was England’s player of the year”.
“He is a massive player. I feel that we have missed him, both with Liverpool and with England.
“It’s exciting for me to know that when he comes back in, he can take us forward even more. He can help us get better and I am excited for Liverpool and England for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of.
”There’s not many players that play like Adam. He is unique in that way, how he links the play. He’s so good on the ball, he’s got a great work ethic and he still does the defensive work.
”We have missed him in the sense of what he brings to the team. It would have been a boost to have had him at the World Cup. And for Liverpool too.
”Last season would have been even better for both teams because of the talent that he is.
”But if he stays fit he can be a massive player for us going forward and still have a big impact.”
Unfortunately it feels like the key phrase there might be “if he stays fit”. Personally I am a big fan of the qualities Lallana offers, and it feels as though he has a skillset the club are lacking at the moment. If we can get him going, there’s no question that he can be an important player. But that’s a huge “if”.