Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has piled the praise onto current star Adam Lallana suggesting what he needs to do when the domestic action returns after the international break.
Lallana scored a great goal in the Reds’ win against West Brom over the weekend, which has placed pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers to try and keep Lallana in the side.
“After such a quality goal, he will feel more settled. He’s not blessed with blistering pace but he’s so good with both feet and can drop a shoulder to find space. Now he has to go on and dominate games like he can,” wrote Redknapp in his Daily Mail column.
It’s been difficult for Lallana to have the impact he would have been hoping for following his move from Southampton because there is so much quality and versatility in the Liverpool midfield.
Jordan Henderson’s work rate means he’s rarely left out, Steven Gerrard’s experience is key, Lucas offers a defensive element and Philippe Coutinho is capable of moments of magic as is Raheem Sterling.
Where Lallana can cash in and dominate games as Redknapp suggests is combining his best attributes and trying to be versatile across the middle of the team.
He’s helped by the idea that there is so much attention going on players like Gerrard and Sterling because they have been so effective in games over the last 12 months.
Lallana protects the ball effectively and that will also help him dominate games.
If he can help the side retain possession, Liverpool have more than enough to wear teams down and place them under heavy pressure over 90 minutes as they look for openings and chances for various players to score.
Redknapp wants to see more of Lallana dominating games and if he’s given a long run of starts by Brendan Rodgers, there’s nothing to suggest he can’t be as effective as the Liverpool players who have received most of the praise over the past year.