Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has been one of many bright sparks under Jurgen Klopp this season, taking his game to a new level after two average campaigns at Anfield previously.
Now in his prime and a regular for his country, Lallana has been scoring and creating goals much more frequently than he has in the past, adding a much-needed end product to his game.
Improved confidence to dictate the game in dangerous areas
Adam Lallana looks a more convincing player for Liverpool this season, demanding the ball rather than hoping it comes to him on the pitch, and his exploits when in possession highlight how much self-confidence he has currently. The former Saints man is averaging 10 more passes per game than with Liverpool in the Premier League this season, boasting the best completion rate of his career.
Lallana also isn’t afraid to commit a man and use his own ability to get himself out of trouble. The 28-year-old has made 17 successful dribbles for Liverpool, more than Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, and more than Manchester City’s David Silva. The England international is growing in confidence each game and has an important role to play in the side with his ball retention, improved creativity and high levels of industry.
Reaping the rewards of hard work on the training ground
The biggest reason why Adam Lallana is starting to get on the scoresheet on a more frequent basis is due to his improvement in the final third. In the past, the midfielder would get into good positions but never believed in himself to score. An intelligent and composed footballer, Lallana’s nerves seemed to kick in when presented with a goalscoring opportunity but he appears to have ironed out such flaws this summer.
Last season, Adam Lallana scored just four goals in 30 Premier League games for Liverpool, but already has three to his name nine matches into the campaign. He’s improved his creativity too, already bagging three assists for Liverpool in 2016/17, while registering just six in the 30 outings last season. For a player with such technical ability, industry and vision, many questioned why Lallana seldom scored or made an assist. It’s clear he’s worked hard this summer to eradicate such a notion.
The Liverpool man will be hoping he’s worked hard enough to keep his place in the squad for Selhurst Park this weekend. Liverpool are 4/6 to win against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.