Adam Lallana is possibly the most surprising of all the Jurgen Klopp success stories.
We always knew he was a good player and he had never performed too badly under Rodgers, but under Klopp he has emerged as one of the best midfielders in the league. He’s absolutely essential to the way we play.
Be honest, how many of you saw that coming?! We know for a fact that there were plenty of you who were still advocating that he should be sold over the summer!
In his West Brom pre-match press conference today, Klopp could barely have been more enthusiastic about the Englishman.
In a long segment about the 28-year-old qualities, Klopp explained in detail why he values Lallana so highly.
“He’s a very good footballer, very important for us. In my opinion his development is not that big because I didn’t watch the games before I came. But since I’m here he’s on a constant high level,” said the boss (Echo).
“He brings a lot of his qualities to the team … it’s all good with Adam.
“When he was very young he was already captain of Southampton, so that says a lot about him. He’s a smart boy and now at an age where experience helps you more and more if you are smart enough. That’s what he uses. He’s a real Liverpool player, loves this club.
“He made a difficult change I read when we played Southampton. Obviously Southampton still miss him. A lot of players left Southampton in the last few years but with Adam they are still not happy that he is not there any more. That says a lot about his quality and influence he had already at Southampton. Now he’s here and I am really happy about this fact.”
Lallana has featured in all eight league games so far this season. In fact, the 0-0 draw with Utd on Monday was the first time he hadn’t started one.