0 key passes, 3 tackles won: Adam Lallana’s mixed performance for Liverpool v Real Madrid in Champions League

Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana stepped up his game in the second half of the Champions League clash against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Playing at the Santiago Bernabeu against a ‘galactic’ Real Madrid side is not easy, and Adam Lallana struggled in the first half.

Lallana is a key player in the Liverpool midfield, and he started the Champions League Group B clash against the defending European champions on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old has looked good for the Reds in recent weeks, but he struggled to get into the game in the first half.

However, as the second half progressed, the £25 million summer signing from Southampton got in the groove of things and became more confident.

  Total ShotsShots on TargetKey PassesTotal DribblesDribbles WonTouchesTotal PassAccurate PassTotal TacklesTackles Won
Adam Lallana 1 0 0 2 0 55 36 30 4 3

As stats above show, Lallana had an encouraging game without looking overly spectacular. The England international won three of the four tackles he attempted and tried two dribbles (without success) against a vastly superior opposition.

However, despite being an attacking midfielder and entrusted with creating chances for striker Fabio Borini, the 26-year-old failed to provide a single key pass.

Overall, it was an encouraging display from Lallana, who showed against Madrid that he does have the calibre to step up against the biggest teams.

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