Liverpool latest: French striker linked as new signing impresses club legend

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Liverpool were left to rue missed chances in the Merseyside derby on Saturday, as a stunning late strike from Phil Jagielka rescued a point for Everton in the dying seconds of the game. Midfielder Adam Lallana impressed for the Reds, and despite fans criticising him during his first few appearances for the Reds, Liverpool legend John Aldridge says that Lallana proved his worth against the Toffees this weekend.

"There’s nothing like a derby to get a player’s Liverpool career up and running, and I felt Adam Lallana did exactly that on Saturday," Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column. "He will have been as frustrated as anyone at having to wait to make his debut, but I think he has looked very promising over the last few weeks."

"Against Everton, he was everywhere, working hard, looking to play forward and create, and showing a lot of quality on the ball. We know he is a good player. There’s a reason we spent £25m on him, after all. And as he gets fitter and more in tune with his teammates, I think he will develop into a cracking signing for the club."

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard answered his critics with a superb free kick to give Liverpool the lead. The former England international came in for criticism after a poor display against West Ham United last weekend, and his midfield partner Jordan Henderson has leapt to his defence.

"Stevie's still one of the best players in the Premier League," he said. "There's no doubting his quality. A lot of teams have been putting someone to man-mark him, which shows just how good he is. I don't think he deserves any criticism. He's been the best player this league's probably seen in a long time and still is."

On the transfer front, the agent of Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has hinted that a January move to Liverpool could be a possibility for his client. Gignac, 28, has been in prolific form this season with eight goals in eight games, and agent Christopher Hutteau believes that England may be his best destination.

"Given the fact that he is not very old, he has a real market value," Hutteau said. "This is a striker with a relatively atypical profile, responsive to the physical challenge, the archetypal player who can succeed at a big club. He can play in England, Arsenal or Liverpool, no problem. For me, it is between €12 million (£9.5m) and €15 million (£11m)."

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