By Alex Stevens
Adam Lallana had a huge impact as a substitute in Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United on Monday night – and fans paid tribute to him on Twitter.
The attacking midfielder started on the bench after suffering a groin injury before the international break.
But Liverpool sorely missed Lallana, who had begun the season in such sparkling form, and were well below par for the opening hour.
The England international replaced Daniel Sturridge at the hour mark and immediately revitalised Liverpool with his energy and composure in possession.
His introduction also allowed Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to be pushed further forward and the Brazilian duo immediately began to combine in a way they had not beforehand.
Liverpool fans were impressed with Lallana’s zippy performance and claimed it was in stark contrast to the poverty of Sturridge’s play.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Gini & Lallana big misses in starting lineup, Can a bit rusty. Hope we figure out organised/defensive teams sooner rather than later #LFC
— Kirk (@Kirk_Kirkleton) October 17, 2016
— Sully (@Sully289) October 17, 2016
Lallana coming on changed the game. #LFC are a better squad without Studge at the moment. Mourinho did what he set out to – draw for days.
— Tariq Karim (@everaciousbeing) October 17, 2016
Needed Lallana for the full 90. More fluid attack when he came on. United defended like their lives depended on it. Sturridge done imo #LFC
— Brendon Lombard (@Bizaboy) October 17, 2016
Lallana’s intro made us look so much better moving forward. Missed Wijnaldum’s athleticism though. #LFC
— Potz (@_Potz_) October 17, 2016
Unbelievable how important Adam Lallana has become to Liverpool. #LFC
— Dan Copeland (@ETFootball) October 17, 2016
— Fortune Achonna (@Fortuneachonna) October 17, 2016
— Joey Jr. (@Joey_jr_Lfc) October 17, 2016
Jurgen Klopp’s remain fourth in the table after blowing the opportunity to join leaders Manchester City at the summit. By contrast, United are in seventh.