Does Adam Lallana deserve more patience from fans than he's getting?

Adam Lallana (R) of Liverpool in action against Dusan Jovancic (L) of Crvena Zvezda during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko...

Lallana has made a return to Liverpool's first-team setup after a lengthy spell away from Jurgen Klopp's teamsheet.

Adam Lallana (L) of Liverpool in action against Milos Degenek (R) of Crvena Zvezda during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko...

Adam Lallana has come in for quite a bit of stick lately after making his comeback to regular first-team football.

The England star hadn't started a game since January 1st when he was named in Jurgen Klopp's team to face Huddersfield Town in late October.

In fact, the 17/18 season saw Lallana make just one Premier League start - considerably down on the 27 he'd made the previous year.

His return has been a slow one, however, with little positive output and frequently looking off the pace.

 

That's led to many fans feeling he's done at the club - and that his place should go to someone else:

 

 

 

 

Now, that is only a selection of five tweets, but it's certainly a reflection of a large part of Liverpool's fan-base right now - they just don't see the purpose in Lallana.

But surely they're being too harsh?

Lallana has missed an awful lot of football over the last 18 months and his place in the first-team can be put down to injuries for Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson.

Whether Klopp intended for him to be starting so regularly right after regaining his fitness is unknown, but the way he's handled Daniel Sturridge would suggest he prefers patience and would have taken that course with Lallana.

Adam Lallana of Liverpool and Slavoljub Srnic of Crvena Zvezda battle for the ball during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko...

Importantly, though, Lallana brings something that Liverpool are looking out for right now: pressing.

At his peak under Klopp, Lallana was the one who led the side's press, pushing on from midfield and keeping things aggressive - all things that they're currently struggling with compared to last year.

Now, you can't expect him to bounce right back and do that as he regains match fitness, but surely giving him time to get up to that speed would be hugely beneficial?

It's certainly a case of wait-and-see after such a long layoff and there are no guarantees in football, but considering he's just three starts into a comeback, some patience could go along way - and Liverpool may benefit greatly come the end of the season.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUDNAY OUT) Adam Lallana of Liverpool shows his appreciation to the fans at the end of the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Crvena Zvezda and...

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