Adam Lallana is feisty and leaves his foot in. His nice guy image is a myth and he’s regarded by his team-mates as one of the leaders of the dressing room.
This is according to a member of Liverpool’s team, who is unnamed in respected Liverpool correspondent Tony Barrett’s column for Joe.
“He can be a proper nark on the pitch,” said the squad member of Lallana. “He’s always barking orders and letting us know when he thinks we’re slacking. He’s also not afraid to leave his foot in and get stuck in. He’s not just a touch player. He’s one of our hardest workers and he helps set the tone for everyone else.”
We’ve been without the 28-year-old since the international break after he picked up a groin injury for England, but thankfully, he should be back tomorrow for the trip to his former club Bournemouth.
In truth, we’ve missed Lallana much more than even we expected. His creativity and ability to start attacks in central midfield has been a catalyst for our success this term.
With Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum either side of Jordan Henderson, we look solid but lack the pizzazz and flair of when Lallana’s available.
With Coutinho injured, it’s vital the Englishman, who’s become a key to the national side as well, gets up and running sharp.
We can’t wait to see him back.