Danny Murphy: This Liverpool player epitomises what is good about the team
By Matt Farr
BBC pundit Danny Murphy has sung the praises of Liverpool’s Adam Lallana for his influential display against Arsenal on Saturday.
Lallana, 28, played a starring midfield role as Liverpool recorded a convincing 3-1 victory over their Premier League rivals, a result which saw them take Arsenal’s place in the top-four.
Speaking on BBC One’s live coverage of Match of the Day on Saturday night, Murphy praised Lallana for his display.
He said: “He epitomised what was good about Liverpool. He was sensational.
“His pressing, and to win the ball back in the opposing half and to get the team on the front foot was incredible. He continued this energy, and we talk about blowing up as a team in the second-half, he didn’t.
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“Obviously we know he’s a good footballer, and he’s creative. But this part of his game, playing in a central position is so much better for Adam Lallana. He was so much more involved in the game in every aspect.
“I think in those kind of areas, with his energy and ability, playing with both feet and can see the whole pitch, he’s becoming for me, Liverpool’s most influential player.”
Lallana is having one of his best, and most productive seasons in the Premier League this term. The England international has scored seven goals and supplied seven assists from 25 league appearances, and has excelled in his new-found central midfield role.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has recently praised his star player for his development into a key figure in the Anfield dressing room, and he will no doubt have been pleased with his display against the Gunners.
The Reds chief, meanwhile, also rewarded Lallana with his efforts by offering him a new long-term deal. He is now set to earn £110,000-per-week until the summer of 2020.
The victory for Klopp’s side was the perfect response to the defeat to Leicester on Monday, and saw them snatch an advantage over Arsenal in the race to finish in the top-four.
Liverpool went into the tie one point behind Arsenal in fifth place, but their win sends them into third and knocks Arsenal out of the top four.
In other Liverpool news, Jordan Henderson has delivered his verdict on the victory and performance.