After a recent wobble following some tough fixtures, Liverpool needed to get back on track when they hosted struggling Burnley at Anfield yesterday.
With a huge Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich coming up tomorrow, Jurgen Klopp’s team selection was always going to be of interest as he seeks to keep his squad fresh to fight on two fronts.
That meant that there was a surprise recall for Adam Lallana in the centre of the park and BBC pundit Alan Shearer was impressed by the Englishman’s performance as the Reds ran out 4-2 winners.
Shearer said on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday 10 March at 10:45pm: “With Lallana back in the team today, they definitely had their spark back.”
“He was magnificent today. The way he tracked back, the energy that he gave his team; he was the one that I thought was the standout player.”
Lallana was certainly a surprising selection but it is easy to forget that he was a favourite of Klopp during the early part of his time at Liverpool.
At his best, Lallana is a dynamic, two-footed, creative influence more than capable of offering Liverpool some drive from midfield but he has been set back a long way by injuries.
But perhaps the fact he is not wearied from a long title chase just gave him the energy and enthusiasm Liverpool needed to break their recent slump and get their zip back.