By Paul Robinson

4th Nov, 2019 | 11:43am

Exclusive: Robinson blasts 'slow' Liverpool player who had the 'reins on' in win v Villa

Paul Robinson blasted Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana for his performance in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England No.1 claimed Lallana had a difficult game against the Villans and stated that you could tell he was a player who hadn’t played much football in recent times.

Ahead of facing Villa on Saturday, Lallana had only played 220 minutes of action across seven appearances this season.

The experienced midfielder only managed a total of 16 appearances across all competitions last season, with injuries causing him to be unavailable for large chunks of the campaign.

Robinson explained that he thought Lallana played with the reins on in his latest outing as he was slow on the ball and wasn’t bursting forward like he normally does.

“It was a difficult one for Lallana,” Robinson told Football Insider.

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“I think he looked to lack of composure at times, he dwelt on the ball, he was slow on the ball, he had a bad miss in the second half and you could see his lack of football.

“It wasn’t the Lallana we are used to seeing, bursting forward, making those runs, putting through balls, I think he had the reins on.”

Lallana has been at Anfield since joining the Reds from Southampton in 2014 but his current contract is due to expire at the end of the current season.

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder has played 164 times for Liverpool and has racked up 22 goals as well as 21 assists in his outings.

In other Liverpool news, Darren Bent was baffled by how Klopp utilised one Reds player in the 2-1 win v Villa.