Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Adam Lallana could play the ‘Jorginho’ role next season. Klopp wants Lallana to reinvent himself as a deep-lying central midfielder, The Liverpool Echo reports.
Lallana has always been an attacking midfielder for Liverpool since joining from Southampton. But the sporadic England international hardly played last season.
After a string of injuries, a loss of form and the improved form of the current first-team options, many believed Lallana might leave this summer. And Southampton were linked with a £13m reunion, as per The Express.
However, Klopp now wants Lallana to resurrect his career as a deep-lying midfielder. As reported by The Liverpool Echo, Klopp said: “Adam is the kind of player he can play that and he enjoys this ‘Jorginho’ role – I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see the games or he will make an offer!”
What is the ‘Jorginho’ role?
Jorginho signed for Chelsea last summer and operated in a midfield three during Sarri’s reign – similarly to how Liverpool set up. The Italian midfielder sits behind the other two midfielders and his job is to break up play and start attacks.
With the extra insurance of Jorginho, the other two central midfielders have more license to roam forward without getting caught out. It seems that Klopp has the idea that Lallana can do a similar job for the Reds.
Of course, the 31-year-old will not be first-choice. But as a back-up option, this could just work. Klopp has pre-season to trial Lallana in the ‘Jorginho’ role but he could be axed if he is unable to perform there.