By Dominic Toner
Gary Lineker has praised Adam Lallana as potentially “exceptional” after he scored in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Arsenal.
Lallana gave Liverpool a 3-1 lead early in the second-half with a brilliantly taken goal and the Merseyside club managed to hold off an Arsenal revival to win the match.
The England international controlled the ball on his chest before firing past a helpless Petr Cech to earn the praise of Lineker on the former England striker’s personal Twitter account.
I do like Lallana. Silky footballer with a terrific work ethic. More finishes like that and he’d be exceptional.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 14, 2016
Theo Walcott saw his penalty saved by Simon Mignolet in the first-half with the score goalless but redeemed himself almost instantly with a good finish across the goal to take the lead.
Lallana’s strike was added to by a brace from Philippe Coutinho plus a debut goal for Sadio Mane, which helped Liverpool take a 4-1 advantage in the match.
The Gunners did cause a nervous finish to the match after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers drew Arsenal to within one goal, but Liverpool held out for an opening day victory.
Lallana joined Anfield in 2014 from Southampton and has made 90 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.
The midfielder was a member of the England side that failed to deliver at Euro 2016 but did his reputation no harm by being one of the better performing players.
Jurgen Klopp picked Lallana as a part of a three man midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum and can be expected to feature heavily for Liverpool this season.
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