Adam Lallana has been Liverpool’s most influential player this season. He has notched six goals and provided seven assists in the Premier League thus far. To go along with his newfound ability in front of goal, he has been one of Klopp’s centerpieces to the gegenpress.
Lallana has run more than any Premier League player this season and unbelievably set two records in two days. Lallana’s 12.88 kilometers covered in Liverpool’s match against Manchester City was the most by any single player this season, but he then went a step further against Sunderland two days later and covered 13.22 kilometers.
As a result of his inspirational work rate and production, Lallana has been awarded Liverpool’s Player of the Month award for December.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 6, 2017
It is incredible to think that not so long ago when Brendan Rodgers was still Liverpool’s manager, Adam Lallana looked like an expensive flop. To be fair to those who held this opinion, he was not producing anything similar to what he did as Southampton’s captain before his 25 million pound switch to Merseyside.
Lallana always showed glimpses of what he was capable of under Rodgers. His first Liverpool goal against West Brom was superb, he always had good games against the bigger teams, but yet he always looked a bit short of confidence. The big money move might have been a bit much for him to handle at the time as well.
This changed when Jurgen Klopp took over, though. In a short amount of time, Lallana went from a Rodgers flop to a hero in front of the Kop.
Lallana began to play with confidence in Klopp’s system and slowly but surely implemented himself as a key member of the first team. His goal and assist totals under Klopp show this.
Adam Lallana in the league for Liverpool
Before Klopp: 31 games, 5 goals, 3 assists
42 games, 11 goals, 12 assists. pic.twitter.com/nCimPujUdi
— 9GAG Football ⚽ (@9GAGFootball) December 28, 2016
Last season, Lallana scored key goals in Liverpool’s Europa League run and began to show his improvement in front of the net while proving to fans that the player once employed by Southampton still existed.
Today, Adam Lallana is a joy to watch. He is on form, plays with confidence, and the Liverpool faithful chant his name in great numbers. He has scored some wonderful goals. His wonder strike against Leicester City earlier in the season definitely stands out.
Most Premier League goals & assists by midfielders in 2016:
Christian Eriksen (21)
Adam Lallana (21)
Dimitri Payet (21)
End product. pic.twitter.com/RyC39XerJu
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 1, 2017
Lallana was a most humble man upon receiving the award. “My teammates have contributed massively. Whoever wins the award, it’s nice for them to win it, but it’s always on behalf of the team,” he told the club.
The quote shows how far he and his Liverpool teammates have come since Klopp took over. They are more of a team, work for each other and, as a result, the performances of players such as Lallana have greatly improved.
It is appropriate to note that Lallana is not the only player Klopp has inspired. Dejan Lovren, Roberto Firmino, and Jordan Henderson have all matured and changed greatly as players since the German took over in 2015, but Lallana’s transformation has been the most eye-catching.
It is incredibly hard to not feel good for the man. In less than two years, he has gone from being written off to stardom. From a Rodgers flop to England’s most influential player, and he is hopefully just getting started.