Aldridge played in one of the great Liverpool sides alongside Peter Beardsley, and thinks Lallana is just as valuable to the club’s present side.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has compared Adam Lallana to former Reds star Peter Beardsley, in an interview with 888 Sport.

Aldridge and Beardsley – along with John Barnes – were integral to the Reds’ free flowing side in the 1987-88 season which is regarded as one of the Reds’ finest footballing sides that went on to win the league title.

Lallana has received a lot of praise for his form this season which has seen him find the net on six occasions in the league, and provide as many assists. 

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana in action with Everton’s Gareth Barry

Aldridge, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said: “Lallana is starting to get the credit he deserves. People were frustrated with him when he first came. We weren’t seeing the player we’d seen at Southampton and for England. But he’s now got to grips with the size of the club and has been tremendous. He very influential and opposing sides now know if you can nullify him you’ll stop balls getting to the front three. He’s the key.

“He has a similar gait to Peter Beardsley and both create and score a lot of goals. Beardsley was our lynchpin and now Lallana is too.”

Beardsley was a massive contributor to a free scoring Liverpool side and Lallana is the same. Like the side from the late 80’s, the current Liverpool side has plenty of goalscoring threat. 

Lallana’s absence was felt to an extent when he was recently sidelined but Liverpool did show they could score goals though perhaps not as readily.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Liverpool’s Adam Lallana

He seems to kicking on at international level too. Whenever he plays the side seems to be built around him, and moving to a central position for his club seems to have seen his game go up a little. The complaints that many had about his end product appear to have evaporated. 

It can be hard to compare players from different eras but it’s clear under Jürgen Klopp’s management that Adam Lallana is a huge part of this Liverpool side. 

Read the full 888sport interview with John Aldridge, including his thoughts on Liverpool’s defensive frailties and how Karius will bounce back

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