Writing in his column for The Times, Adam Lallana has been full of praise for reported Liverpool target, Mason Mount.
According to The Guardian, Liverpool have an eye on Mount as his contract negotiations at Chelsea rumble on, and Lallana believes that he’s a fantastic player.
Lallana says that he’s a manager’s dream, and he’s hit back at the suggestion that Mount isn’t an effective player.
Indeed, The Brighton ace says he sometimes hears people questioning what Mount does, but he believes these criticisms are ‘complete rubbish’.
Lallana hails Mount
The midfielder spoke highly of the Liverpool transfer target.
“He is a manager’s dream. The glamorous selection by England would have been to play Phil Foden as a No 10 alongside Bukayo Saka and Sterling, but picking Mount was another of the calls Gareth Southgate got exactly right.
“For England, Mount is responsible for the pressing triggers because, firstly, he is willing to run and do the dirty side of the game. Secondly, his knowledge of when to do that earns him the implicit trust of his manager. The ability to carry out orders faithfully is vital to the slick functioning of any team.
“Sometimes I will hear comments around Mount such as, “What does he do?” Perhaps that is based on judging players solely by goals and assists. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but that is complete rubbish in my book. I think he would improve any team in the world.”
Perfect for Klopp
A midfielder who will do the dirty work and lead the press? It sounds like Mason Mount is a perfect Jurgen Klopp midfielder.
Of course, anyone who has been paying attention doesn’t need Adam Lallana to tell you that, but Lallana is right to point out that these criticisms of Mount are unwarranted.
Some people do think that Mount can be ineffective and that he performs a role that isn’t necessarily important, but that couldn’t be more wrong.
For a start, they’re missing the point of having a player who will work for their manager and run all day, and secondly, this is a player who scored 11 Premier League goals last season, he’s not exactly ineffective going forward.
Mount may be one of the most misunderstood footballers around right now, and perhaps he’d get more credit if he did join a team like Liverpool.