Adam Lallana has been described as perhaps the “best player, technical-wise”, that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ever coached.
Lallana has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool first team, with his status as the Reds’ most-improved player since Klopp’s appointment in October 2015 rewarded recently with a bumper new deal.
Only Sadio Mane has directly contributed to more goals and assists for Liverpool this season, though Lallana spurned a gilt-edged chance to add to his tally of seven goals this season when he failing to connect with the ball six yards from the Manchester City goal on Sunday.
Both Gini Wijnaldum and Klopp absolved Lallana of blame for the incident – and the Reds boss has nothing but praise for the midfielder.
“Obviously he’s one of the best – if not the best – player, technical-wise, I have ever worked with,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“If he couldn’t [score] in this moment, I thought it was because he worked so hard before.
“The goalie was quite impressive for City today and maybe he made a good movement or whatever, or he [Lallana] was surprised that we played football like this because we hadn’t 20 times before that.
“It was good, but that really can happen.
“Immediately after the game, Adam said ‘sorry’ to me and I thought ‘why?’ – but now I know why he thought he had to say sorry. But he didn’t have to because his performance was outstanding again.”