Jurgen Klopp is as good a man-manager as he is a tactician.
Liverpool’s free-flowing football and the improvement of a number of our players under his guidance proves that!
Nobody has increased their level from the Brendan Rodgers era to now as much as Adam Lallana however, with the Englishman scoring twice last night to help us down Middlesbrough.
He’s now registered six goals and six assists in the Premier League this term, which is all the more impressive considering he’s playing deeper and was previously criticised for lacking end product.
But it turns out Lallana had made improving his individual goal tally a personal target, and expressed his disappointment at his numbers to the boss last season. For Klopp, all it took was a tactical tweak!
“Adam is an important player even when he doesn’t score, but of course it’s nice [that he’s scoring]. The most important thing is he’s in the right situations,” Klopp told the BBC after the game.
“Around about one year ago, something like this, he came to my office. I was really happy with his performance, but he was angry.. “I don’t finish. I don’t score!”
“That’s because you’re not in the right spaces!” I said. Now, he plays a little bit deeper and is more often in the right spaces. It’s all about being involved, feeling protected, being free. Be really offensive in one moment and protect the other guy when he’s being really offensive the next.”
Alongside Coutinho, Lallana is now recognised as our most important player. We pray he stays fit and continues on the crest of the wave he’s riding in 2016/17.