By Matt Farr
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims there is still room for improvement in Adam Lallana’s ability to retain possession.
The England international played a starring role as Liverpool stormed to a 4-1 victory over Stoke on Tuesday night, scoring the Reds’ opening goal.
The 28-year-old has certainly come of age under Jurgen Klopp this season, contributing seven goals and six assists from 17 appearances, but the Liverpool boss has identified his inability to keep the ball as a fault in what was yet another scintillating attacking display from Lallana.
Klopp told the Daily Star: “He’s very important but if only Adam was good at keeping the ball then we have a big problem.”
In previous seasons, a lack of final product has prevented Lallana from becoming the finished article because his talent is there for all to see.
In his first two seasons at Liverpool, Lallana managed a combined total of just nine league goals. With seven goals already at the half-way point of the season, he looks set to smash his total by some distance.
His haul of nine league goals during his final season with Southampton remains his best Premier League haul to date, while his career best came in the 2009-10 campaign.
The Saints had been relegated to League One for the campaign, and Lallana finished with 15 goals from 44 league appearances. It was a remarkable effort but his current displays have drawn more praise due to the major upgrade in the quality of opposition.
Klopp anticipates the midfielder can continue his good form when they host title rivals Manchester City at Anfield on Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, fans have demanded that this Liverpool player is recalled to the side to face City.