West Ham ace Michail Antonio has lauded Adam Lallana, Liverpool’s playmaker who’s gone largely under the radar this term due to a lengthy injury.
The 29-year-old is back again now and impressed during a cameo against Swansea, despite our defeat, on Monday – and will hopefully play a big role from now until the summer.
In Coutinho’s absence, it’s essential that we see Lallana back to his best, actually.
Antonio played with him at Southampton between 2009 and 2010 and has also featured alongside our no.20 in various England squads.
“The best player I’ve played with is Adam Lallana. I just think he’s quality,” he told the Mirror.
“He’s both footed. When I was playing with him at Southampton I kept asking him what foot he is. He said ‘I’m both’. I was like well everyone’s dominant one foot and he was like ‘no I’m both’.
“Literally I couldn’t tell. It’s unbelievable. He’s not quick but he gets past people, he’s got so much energy he’s just a quality player.”
In previous seasons, Lallana has been one of the first names on Klopp’s team-sheet, but the boss has chosen to ease him in gently since his return to fitness.
The lack of creative guile in our midfield on Monday though proves how important he is in the coming months.
For us, Emre Can holding with Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain either side is a fairly exciting prospect.