John Aldridge says Liverpool's Adam Lallana looks like a different player, suggests where to improve

Adam Lallana

Lallana is getting praise from John Aldridge, but the former Reds striker but would like him to improve further in some areas.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said in his Liverpool Echo column that Adam Lallana is like a different player under Jurgen Klopp.

Lallana was part of the front trio that ripped through Manchester City in the opening half hour of Liverpool's 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, though the headlines belonged to the Brazilian duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, who both scored once and claimed an assist each.

But Aldridge did single out some praise for Lallana, writing in his Liverpool Echo column: "I’ve never seen Philippe Coutinho work so hard and Adam Lallana is like a different player. With Lallana now it’s just about adding more goals and assists to his all round play. Just a little bit more creativity and he’ll be back to that player we saw a couple of seasons ago."

Lallana is rightly getting some credit from Aldridge as his movement and work rate also played a huge part in the Reds being able to shut down Manchester City's supply and allow the Reds to counter-attack so effectively, and there were times when he could've got in an behind the defence for a few opportunities himself - while there was one particular moment in the second half when his dummy should've led to Firmino getting his second of the game. 

Aldridge is right in saying that more goals need to come from Lallana. His work rate has noticeably improved but there are times when the side needs him to come up with a bit more end product. So far this season he has managed to find the net twice - both in the Europa League - and has yet to find the kind of form that led to the club spending around £25 million on him, even though there have been signs of promise. 

Prior to his arrival he scored 10 goals during his final season for Southampton, and that is the kind of goal return the Reds will be looking for from the 27-year-old. 

There have been improvements in other areas of his game. His pressing, awareness and ability to keep hold of the ball for the Reds seem to have improved, but ultimately there is the desire for him to deliver more goals.

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