Jurgen Klopp: This Liverpool player is the best I have worked with (not Coutinho or Firmino)
By Danny Wright
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Adam Lallana is the best technical player he has ever worked with.
The 28-year-old missed a crucial chance to win the game in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Sunday but Klopp has already forgiven him.
Roberto Firmino cut the ball back to an unmarked Lallana who completely missed the ball despite being just yards away from the goal.
However Klopp, 49, believes that Lallana’s overall performance against City was enough to prove to him that he is one of the top players he has worked with in management.
The German boss has managed the likes of Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze during his spell as Borussia Dortmund boss.
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“After the game Adam immediately said to me sorry, and I thought ‘why?’” said Klopp, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“Now I know why he thought he had to say sorry but he doesn’t have to because his performance today was outstanding again.
“Obviously he is one of the best, if not the best, player technical wise I’ve ever worked with. If he can’t (score), then I thought because he had worked so hard before.”
The Liverpool player wasn’t the only one to miss a big chance in the game when at the opposite end Sergio Aguero volleyed the ball miles over the crossbar despite being just outside the six-yard box and completely unmarked by Klopp’s defence.
Lallana has made 31 appearances for the Reds in all competitions in what has been a brilliant season for the midfielder.
He was rewarded for his form with a new contract in February which will keep him at Anfield until 2022.
The England international has contributed heavily to his side this campaign with seven goals and seven assists.
International duty now beckons for Lallana as the Three Lions prepare to take on Germany and Lithuania over the next two weeks before he returns to Liverpool action for a feisty away trip to Merseyside rivals Everton.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has delivered an update on the future of this midfielder.