Lee Dixon: How Adam Lallana didn't get on the pitch, I don't know

Adam Lallana

The former Arsenal defender was astounded the Liverpool midfielder wasn't at least introduced from the bench.

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has questioned why Brendan Rodgers didn't play ex-Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana against Basel.

Not only did the £25 million Liverpool summer signing start the game on the bench, he remained there for the full 90 minutes, despite the Reds looking absolutely devoid of creativity.

And Dixon was astounded that the former Southampton playmaker didn't enter Rodgers' thinking.

"How Lallana couldn’t get on the pitch, I don’t know. He’s a creative player,” Dixon said on ITV Sport.

Robbie Fowler, meanwhile, said at half-time that he would have brought the ex-Southampton man on for Joe Allen.

And therein lies a key question indeed for Rodgers. Liverpool's last-ditch charge in the final 15 minutes against Basel was superb - a real credit to the club and more like what the Reds of old could have produced.

But that was 15 minutes. Where were Liverpool for the rest of the match - and Champions League campaign as a whole?

Liverpool needed to score twice after going a goal down and Rodgers waited until the 74th minute to take off a holding midfielder and bring on a playmaker. That playmaker was the out-of-form Philippe Coutinho.

Where was Lallana?

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