Ian Wright: I've known this Liverpool player for so long, now he's a superstar
By Alex Stevens
Ian Wright has hailed Adam Lallana as a key player in Liverpool’s stunning form this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side entered the international break at the Premier League summit after their 6-1 weekend demolition of Watford.
The Merseysiders have scored 30 goals from 11 league matches, with the front four of Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino earning rave reviews for their thrilling attacking play.
Arsenal legend Wright believes attacking midfielder Lallana should take a huge amount of the credit for Liverpool’s transformation under Klopp.
“Adam Lallana is a major cog in the whole engine of Liverpool right now, the real driving force,” the pundit said in a Sun podcast.
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“He’s stepped up, he’s creating and he’s scoring. I’ve known him for so long – Bradley (Wright-Phillips) was at Southampton with him.
“He seems to be a lot more confident and he’s scoring goals. Liverpool fans I speak to are delighted with the way he’s playing.”
Lallana has started 10 of Liverpool’s 11 league matches this season, scoring three goals and supplying five assists.
Injury prevented him from starting the goalless draw against Manchester United last month, but Klopp’s side immediately became more effective when he replaced Daniel Sturridge at the hour mark.
The 28-year-old is expected to start for England in their World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on Friday night.
In other Liverpool news, fans from the club have reacted on Twitter after Iago Aspas replaced Diego Costa in the Spain squad.