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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3600 on: March 10, 2019, 06:17:44 PM »
Played really well today, hopefully at last getting the rythm and fitness back. Every time he's returned from injury over the last couple of years, he's immediately gotten injured again and been unable to play himself into form. Not that he's been playing much recently, but he's been available at least.

Think his days of being an option in the front 3 might be long gone though, might still be a spot for him in the midfield 3. He brings a tactical discipline that Shaqiri doesn't, and a creativity and ability to wait for an opening that the other options don't have in spades either.

If he's properly sharp he's a great option for us, only one match though so early days.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3601 on: March 10, 2019, 06:23:03 PM »
Cracking shift today.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3602 on: March 10, 2019, 06:24:30 PM »
If today's performance was more than just a one off and he can maintain that level of performance for the remaining 8 games in the league then he could be the difference in the title race. With the recent draws and poor performances maybe we just needed someone like him to come in and give us another option in midfield, which had started to go a bit stale recently. He adds the skill and energy which we've needed and I can see him becoming a regular starter for the rest of the season and in to next season as long as he can just stay fit.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3603 on: March 10, 2019, 06:28:11 PM »
It's players such as him (and Shaqiri, Keita and Sturridge) who we need to be genuinely fit and firing to actually make a fist of the challenge.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3604 on: March 10, 2019, 06:37:03 PM »
It's players such as him (and Shaqiri, Keita and Sturridge) who we need to be genuinely fit and firing to actually make a fist of the challenge.


Agree as all 4 are good players.

Lallana was fantastic today.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3605 on: March 10, 2019, 06:38:31 PM »
If today's performance was more than just a one off and he can maintain that level of performance for the remaining 8 games in the league then he could be the difference in the title race. With the recent draws and poor performances maybe we just needed someone like him to come in and give us another option in midfield, which had started to go a bit stale recently. He adds the skill and energy which we've needed and I can see him becoming a regular starter for the rest of the season and in to next season as long as he can just stay fit.

He adds that bit of forward drive and creativity that we miss with all of our midfield apart from Shaqiri.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3606 on: March 10, 2019, 06:38:42 PM »
He always needed a lot of time to get his sharpness back after a long-term injury, he lost a whole year. We'll see the same thing with Ox.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3607 on: March 10, 2019, 07:02:21 PM »
When the next International break? Hopefully he's nowhere near Southgates plans as it is playing International football that's effectively slowed his return to form.

Impressed today he brought what the ox can freeing up the front three and especially Firmino to do what they do best
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3608 on: March 10, 2019, 07:10:57 PM »
When the next International break? Hopefully he's nowhere near Southgates plans as it is playing International football that's effectively slowed his return to form.

Impressed today he brought what the ox can freeing up the front three and especially Firmino to do what they do best
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3609 on: March 10, 2019, 07:11:19 PM »
What I like about Lallana is that he's seen as a creative player, but it's his pressing (that others have highlighted) that is so impressive. He's also the most two-footed player around - must be a nightmare to defend against.

Such a shame he has been injured for so long. Great to have him back for the run in.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3610 on: March 10, 2019, 07:16:54 PM »
Back to his best aggressive self today. Some magnificent pressing all over the pitch.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3611 on: March 10, 2019, 07:19:12 PM »
Lovely to see him play well today.

He is a class act - I am concerned injuries may finish him at top level but hopefully I am wrong as lad is class
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3612 on: March 10, 2019, 07:25:03 PM »
Made up for Adam. Played well today and hasn’t looked this fit in ages. A fit Lallana is a big asset.
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« Reply #3613 on: March 10, 2019, 07:42:55 PM »
Looked slick as fuck today. Hopefully he can keep it up for the run in.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3614 on: March 10, 2019, 07:46:39 PM »
Well played, sir!

Great shift he put in and the assist/block for Mane's goal was top class, just what we need in this team. I'd start him at Bayern, need him to keep his mojo.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3615 on: March 10, 2019, 07:59:22 PM »
His best game in over 2 years, and seems to have come out of nowhere given his ineffective cameos this season. If he can keep up that level of performance from here on in, he'll be a massive boost for us.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3616 on: March 10, 2019, 08:13:42 PM »
His best game in over 2 years, and seems to have come out of nowhere given his ineffective cameos this season. If he can keep up that level of performance from here on in, he'll be a massive boost for us.

I think Lallana's performances over the last couple of years have been somewhat unfairly judged, not just by the fact he's always been coming off an injury, but very few have actually been in his favoured position in a midfield 3. I admit to having forgotten how good he can be in that position.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3617 on: March 10, 2019, 08:44:46 PM »
Personally I think we have always looked more balanced under Klopp when we have played a 2-1 midfield with either Lallana or Coutinho in the AM position. We sold Coutinho, lost Lallana through injury and then missed out on Fekir.

Shaqiri and Keita have shown glimpses of replacing the creativity we have lost but haven't really done it on a consistent basis.

If we can get Lallana fit and firing then he can add the kind of creativity between the lines that City posses in spade loads.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3618 on: March 10, 2019, 08:49:42 PM »
Was a smart selection - the perfect game / opponent for him

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3619 on: March 10, 2019, 08:57:26 PM »
Just a little homage to Adam Lallana's contribution today.

The counter-pressing block that led to our second doesn't need highlighting. Jurgen has already explained in the post-match interviews how brilliant it was, how it utterly transformed the situation in the blink of an eye, and also how it was typical of Lallana's general gegen-pression aggression. Lallana was said to have been the player that understood Klopp's particular demands from Day One - from Spurs away. Klopp called him 'the hunter' - the man who reads what's happening on the pitch as well as anyone else and triggers the press. "Good" as Jurgen says.

But he's obviously a creator too. A master at carving out space on a crowded pitch and a player who puts speed into a team's attacking play.

The first goal showed some of that. It's great how he swiftly occupies the space on the left after the Burnley defender evacuates it. VVD gives him the ball and immediately Lallana is facing the right way. Then it's all about being a head-up footballer. He checks twice, declining a forward pass on both occasions. But he's still moving with the ball. And with each check there's a subtle shift of the ball and his relationship to it, opening up additional possibilities. Coutinho-like one might say. The third possibility turned out to be the crossfield pass to Mo, now in oceans of space on the right flank.

Then, of course, the real damage was done by the Mo and Gini combo. But even then Lallana is haring into the box, also in oceans of space in case the ball is cut back. A real object lesson in how to link defence to attack and then support the attack.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3620 on: March 10, 2019, 09:07:50 PM »
Was a smart selection - the perfect game / opponent for him

A lot of RAWK would have argued otherwise.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3621 on: March 10, 2019, 09:16:31 PM »
Fair play to Lallana he had a great game.
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« Reply #3622 on: March 10, 2019, 09:59:33 PM »
A lot of RAWK would have argued otherwise.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3623 on: March 10, 2019, 10:10:14 PM »
A ‘hunter’ performance for sure
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3624 on: March 10, 2019, 10:11:53 PM »
He's a lovely player when on form.

Got the pressing and technique to thrive in a Klopp team.

I really hope he can stay fit from now til the end of the season, could make all the difference to us.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3625 on: March 10, 2019, 10:14:20 PM »
Fair play to him, he proved a lot of us wrong today.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3626 on: March 11, 2019, 12:04:54 AM »
I have been thinking that a surprise package for our run-in might have been Keita really hitting form and just adding that extra level to the midfield. And that still might happen.  I hadn't entertained the possibility of Lallana coming back in and being the player he was 2 years ago though. He was fantastic today. Hungry as fuck, silky, covering every inch of the pitch, always in the right the place. This is genuinely exciting.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3627 on: March 11, 2019, 12:16:58 AM »
I thought Lallana would be on the exit ramp in summer, but that performance certainly showed something I thought had gone. He was excellent today. The pressing and energy reminded me of a couple of years ago. Fair play to him.

He has always had a good touch, two good feet and great balance. But he has had so many niggly injuries that he hasn’t been able to show us what he can do for such a long time. He reminded us today that he can be a very good player and a useful member of the squad.

Might have to revise my opinion on stay/go. Good luck to him and well played.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3628 on: March 11, 2019, 12:24:47 AM »
Wished all of our players would get this type of response from working real hard at home against a relegation candidate for 75 minutes.  Fair play to him.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3629 on: March 11, 2019, 04:56:59 AM »
We gained a lot in midfield in an attacking sense with him there, more fluidity, more combinations through the centre and around the box. We lost nothing on the defensive side of the game too. Our pressing level actually increased almost solely because of him and when he had to track back and recover the ball he did that as good as anyone. Was everywhere playing like a man possessed. Hope he plays a few more matches at this level.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3630 on: March 11, 2019, 05:23:33 AM »
Wished all of our players would get this type of response from working real hard at home against a relegation candidate for 75 minutes.  Fair play to him.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3631 on: March 11, 2019, 09:16:55 AM »
If we're going to win the league, one of Keith, Shaq or Adam need to step up and be undroppable.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3632 on: March 11, 2019, 09:29:49 AM »
When I saw him starting over Keita/Shaq I was like wtf?!

What a performance though, good on him and great for us if he can continue into a run of form which is at the perfect time for us this season. Happy for him because he's had dogs abuse from a lot of people
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« Reply #3633 on: March 11, 2019, 09:32:20 AM »
If we're going to win the league, one of Keith, Shaq or Adam need to step up and be undroppable.

Got to agree with this.

Lallana set the bar for the type of performance required if you want to force you way into the reckoning. To be fair it's probably the 1st time this season that he's reached this level. Shaqiri did a number of times before Xmas, Keita maybe once or twice too.

Klopp also sent a very clear message that Lallana got that start due to his performances in training. Said pretty much the same about Keita when he started a few games around Bournemouth.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3634 on: March 11, 2019, 09:40:31 AM »
So much more effective in midfield. Holds on to the ball and always looking for a forward pass.

Suspect Klopp will want to manage his fitness and I don't think he'll make the first team against Bayern.

Nice to have creativity so fingers crossed he came make the same contributions for the run in.

Like others have said he doesn't do much in a front 3 or as an impact sub.

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« Reply #3635 on: March 11, 2019, 10:01:19 AM »
As many have said it was great to see him back close to a level he was performing a couple of seasons ago and fingers crossed he can build on that. As Baz said in the previous page we have one of the best goalies, defences and #6 in the league right now if not the best so why not trust them to do their job and play the likes of Lallana, Keita or Shaqiri at the tip of CM in more games? The solid CM unit that does a great job in itself when required could be tapered back esp when we have a fit backline again. Lallana just showed we can start defending outside the opposition's box as the best tackle of the day set up our second goal. Typically you only see that sort of tackle in last ditch efforts to stop a goal so to see it at the edge of the box was jaw dropping i thought. Hopefully Keita and Shaqiri can continue in the same vein as take a page out of Adams play yesterday as when he brings the ball forward he keeps his head up. Dont want to pick on Keita but when he had a wee run at the box he ran down a channel, narrowing by the second and eventually was quenched without looking around him once. Head up lad as you have tremendous qualities and learn from those around you. Anyway fingers crossed Adam is 100% for the rest of the season as I would start him in every league game here on, body willing, as the title will only come our way if we release the shackles from midfield.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3636 on: March 11, 2019, 10:03:12 AM »
I don't want him to start against Bayern personally. Let's not rush him and have a fit and fresh "top" player available for us against Fulham. That's the only way we can challenge for the league and compete for the champions league at the same time. If we won against Everton, I wouldn't have been against us going out gracefully against Bayern. But now that it's not in our hands anymore, we need to go all out for both competitions.
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3637 on: March 11, 2019, 10:56:45 AM »
have to admit when i saw him in the starting 11 i was pretty despondent

however that was his best game for nearly two years

the closing down and tackle for the second goal was superb
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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3638 on: March 11, 2019, 11:00:53 AM »
I don't want him to start against Bayern personally. Let's not rush him and have a fit and fresh "top" player available for us against Fulham. That's the only way we can challenge for the league and compete for the champions league at the same time. If we won against Everton, I wouldn't have been against us going out gracefully against Bayern. But now that it's not in our hands anymore, we need to go all out for both competitions.

What's going all out v Bayern though, fielding the same midfields that have barely worked in a big away game all season? If that's the alternative he should defo be starting.

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Re: Adam Lallana
« Reply #3639 on: March 11, 2019, 11:13:35 AM »
Wished all of our players would get this type of response from working real hard at home against a relegation candidate for 75 minutes.  Fair play to him.

Except he didn't just work 'real hard', did he? He played well in most facets of the game, exemplified by him touching and passing the ball more than Fabinho. That's pretty rare for any of our number 8's when we use the 1-2 midfield shape.

I don't think Lallana's performance was exceptional and I also don't think we should get too carried away as, unfortunately, an injury is only around the corner with fragile players like him. That said, it was definitely the type of 8/10 playmaking performance we've been lacking the majority of this season. You can't have three midfielders who only want to recycle the ball. At some point there needs to be a player in there who demands and keeps it.

To do this down as simply 'working hard' deliberately underplays how comfortable and proficient he is on the ball, and how carefully and cleverly he uses it. It also underplays how much emphasis Klopp places on his midfielders working hard. Next time you query why Keita isn't in the side, you should bare this in mind. He was dispossessed twice and had two unsuccessful touches in 14 minutes after replacing Lallana (who had one of each in 76 minutes), and our midfield represented the Grand Canyon at times.
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