Adam Lallana has found it difficult to make space for himself in Klopp’s plans over the last few seasons, as his competitors in midfield have improved. On Sunday afternoon, when he stepped on the pitch as a late substitute at Old Trafford as the Reds trailed Manchester United 1-0, most fans were probably not filled with confidence.
However, the England international proved the doubters wrong by coming up clutch in the 84th minute, spoiling United fans’ day and salvaged a point for Liverpool. On a day when Liverpool did not look their best, Lallana still came away from Old Trafford meeting undefeated.
One person who wasn’t surprised at Lallana’s heroism was his teammate Andy Robertson, who had plenty of praise for him after the game.
“In the changing rooms before games he is one of the loudest,” Robertson declared. “He could easily be quiet as he is on the bench and not playing. But the way he has conducted himself - and, to be fair, [along with] all of the lads who haven’t played as much as they would have wanted - Adam is a top, top professional and a top, top guy.
”I’m absolutely delighted for him that he could get on the end of it. When he came on I thought he was brilliant and I thought he changed the game. To get that goal, it will do a world of good for him and his confidence and I think we’ll see a lot more from him.”
A goal away to Manchester United should, indeed, do plenty for Lallana’s confidence, which is good going into another big Champions League game against Racing Genk on Wednesday. We may see Lallana get some time, or perhaps even start, when the Reds take the pitch in Belgium.