Jamie Carragher assesses the performance of Liverpool ace Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana has impressed in recent weeks when fit.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Adam Lallana is a very good player but needs a lengthy injury-free run in the first team, Sky Sports report.

The England international signed for the Reds in the summer, moving to Merseyside from fellow Premier League side and top four rivals Southampton.

The 26-year-old’s debut season at the club has been up and down, ranging from superb performances to displays which has left many questioning boss Brendan Rodgers’ judgement.

However, when 100 per cent match fit and injury free, Lallana has proven to be a top player and recent performances have prompted Sky Sports pundit Carragher to sing his praises.

“Lallana has played very well, but the problem has been that he has been hampered by having a few injuries that keep on slowing down his momentum at crucial times,” Carragher explained.

“But is obvious to everyone that he is a very good player, we just need to see a bit more of it and that comes from staying fit.”

  Goals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Adam Lallana 0.33 2.33 1.5 46.5 24.67 4.33 6 413

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Lallana has only featured in six Premier League matches since mid-December but his displays have been top notch.

During his last six appearances, he has found the net twice – netting a double against Swansea City - while averaging 2.33 shots and 1.5 key passes per match.

In possession, he has been heavily involved and proved reliable, averaging 46.5 touches and 24.67 accurate passes per encounter.

Yet, arguably the most pleasing aspect about his recent matches is the intensity displayed and the willingness to pressure high up the pitch, illustrated by his average of 4.33 ball recoveries per game.

At 26, Lallana still has the best years ahead of him and the potential is there for him to become a leading figure during Brendan Rodgers’ reign at Anfield.

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