By Alex Stevens

Jurgen Klopp has quipped that Adam Lallana is a “nice guy” who is better at football than his other neighbours.

The in-form attacking midfielder is in close contact with manager Klopp off the pitch as they live next door to one another in the affluent Merseyside suburb of Formby.

Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce quoted the charismatic Klopp on his personal Twitter account as saying that Lallana stands out from fellow nearby residents.

“He’s a nice guy as a neighbour,” said Klopp of Lallana, before jokingly adding, “I have other nice neighbours who aren’t as good at football.”

Lallana has begun the new season in eyecatching style, scoring impressive goals in league wins over Arsenal and Leicester.

The 28-year-old scored the pick of the goals in the 4-1 hammering of the Premier League champions on Saturday by hitting an unstoppable drive into the top corner.

He also scored his first England goal in the international break as his 95th minute goal secured a 1-0 win over Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier.

Lallana is likely to remain in the Liverpool starting XI for Friday’s Premier League showdown against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

He is set to keep his place alongside other in-form players Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane even if Philippe Coutinho returns to the line-up after being a substitute against Leicester last weekend.

In other Liverpool team news, Sir Alex Ferguson has made a fascinating point about the playing style of Klopp’s team.