Former defender Jamie Carragher says he sees similarities between current Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana and ex-Reds star Vladimir Smicer, the wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
Lallana has experienced a testing time during his Anfield career, putting in a number of inconsistent displays and recently going from zero in the League Cup final against Manchester City to hero three days later.
His application, attitude and natural ability can’t be questioned, yet his end product lacks at times and Carragher sees similarities between the former Southampton man and ex-teammate Smicer.
“Lallana reminds me, in some ways, of my old team-mate Vladimir Smicer. He was very good between the boxes and technically he was excellent — you would see that every day in training — but at times he lacked conviction in decisive moments,” Carragher wrote.
“If Lallana — a player who I like — wants to be part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans in the future, the performance he produced against City has to be replicated. There could be no better place for him to make another statement than at Crystal Palace.”
Smicer was very much a Jekyll and Hyde character at Anfield, yet he contributed greatly to Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in 2005 by scoring in the final against AC Milan.
Lallana has some way to matching those sorts of highs for the club, yet he has already won over a number of supporters with his endless running and graft out of possession.
The 27-year-old, however, has just three goals and five assists in 22 Premier League appearances and for all his endeavour, the only way to truly earn the plaudits is to regularly help his side win football matches.
Lallana’s record for an attacking midfielder isn’t great, and boss Jurgen Klopp will want to see improvements if he looks to include the midfielder in his side's quest for Champions League football.