Speaking to talkSPORT, Danny Murphy has explained how he feels about Adam Lallana of Liverpool, highlighting one key criticism which lets the English winger down.
He said: “Lallana is a squad player for me at Liverpool, he’s got to do more to be part of a team trying to push for a title. He’s a talented player, but he takes too many touches. Players who take that many touches mean you never know what they are going to do. His end product isn’t good enough after taking that many touches.”
Lallana arrived at Liverpool with a big reputation after his impressive spell with Southampton, having seen him establish himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League.
However, he has not yet lived up to expectations at Anfield, struggling to show that he is a Premier League-level player with the Reds.
Once again, he struggled against Watford on Sunday in the humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Hornets, looking slow and cumbersome on the field of play.
Murphy has suggested the reason for Lallana’s struggles, claiming that he takes too many touches of the ball, which means he holds onto it for too long.
Therefore, the winger cannot get the ball out of his feet quickly enough, and he is tackled by high-pressing opponents who then take advantage of him being out of position in Liverpool’s defensive shape.
He lacks the speed of thought and speed of body to ever be a truly top class player, and Lallana’s limitations are really starting to shine through at Anfield this season.