Phil Thompson talks up Adam Lallana, and wants to see him start more often

The former Liverpool assistant manager likes the look of the most expensive signing to arrive at Liverpool during the summer, and wants to see him in the starting line-up more often.

Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has said he would like to see Adam Lallana start more games for the side as he found the net for the second time since his £25 million move from Southampton.

Lallana scored the equaliser during the Reds' 3-1 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, on his first start since the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace nearly two weeks' ago.

Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Liverpool captain said: "I just can not understand why he doesn't play more often because he brings something to the party. He's always progressive with his passing, he's always progressive with his movement and I think he should be one of the main starters every match.

"This guy seems to play exceptionally well, sometimes man of the match, then doesn't play the next week."

Thompson also touched upon what is different about the 26-year-old and what else he brings to the side, but may have touched upon why he doesn't start as much as the Reds' legend would like.

"I don't know which is his natural foot, his left foot or his right foot. I've seen him take free kicks with a left foot one minute and a right foot the next, so this boy is quite blessed with his ability. He's one of the few players I believe in the Liverpool side who can get in between the lines and turn quickly, and advance. There's maybe Coutinho and him so is that the problem? That him and Coutinho are too alike and they're searching for that number 10 role? Because I believe that is his best spot."

  PositionTeamTotal Scoring Att GAMETotal Att Assist GAMEPassing Accuracy (inc. Cross)GoalsBig Chance CreatedAppearancesMins Played
Philippe Coutinho MF Liverpool 1.4 1 79.1 1 1 15 932
Adam Lallana MF Liverpool 1.08 0.92 78.95 2 3 12 777

Coutinho certainly seems the livelier of the two but Lallana comes across as the more clinical. Truth be told, there isn't much to separate them in terms of statistics, but one would expect the Brazilian to be performing a little better given that he has been at the club for longer than the Englishman. 

Coutinho is busier in his eye for goal, and attempts to provide a shooting opportunity on slightly more occasions than anyone else, and has ever so slightly better passing accuracy.

But Lallana has created more clear cut chances and has managed to find the net on more occasions - and he didn't have a deflection to thank for either of them. 

Undoubtedly both players have their talents, but fans of Lallana will point to the big chances created and his two goals for reasons he should be given the nod out of the pair.

Lallana has also shone out wide so there could be room to accommodate both at times, but now Steven Gerrard has returned to a more advanced position, those occasions could be few and far between this season. 

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