Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that Adam Lallana changed the game when he came on during Liverpool’s draw with Manchester United, and suggested that everyone has forgotten how good the midfielder can be.
Lallana preserved the Reds’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season. When he came on at Old Trafford, Jurgen Klopp’s men were 1-0 down and struggling to create anything more than half chances.
But he got on the end of Andy Robertson’s cross to bag the equaliser with five minutes remaining. It was the 31-year-old’s first goal for Liverpool since May 2017. And Redknapp expressed his delight at seeing the former Southampton man making such an important impact.
“He came on and changed the game — not only with his goal but in his overall play,” he told the Daily Mail.
“He made Liverpool more calm and added a new dimension to their attack. It was a reminder of how good a player he is. Maybe we had forgotten that.”
Liverpool fans would have been forgiven for expressing some frustration when it was clear that Lallana was coming on. It looked like it was not going to happen for Klopp’s side, and the supporters may have felt even more resigned to their fate with the Englishman coming on.
Not only had he not scored a goal in more than two years, but his last assist also came in the 2016/17 campaign. It is little surprise therefore, that few saw a Klopp masterstroke coming.
It would be fantastic for Liverpool if Lallana could now build on that goal. Even if he cannot do enough to become a starter for the Reds again, having the ability to bring a player of his calibre off the bench could prove extremely valuable as they look to keep their title rivals at bay.