Liverpool haven’t enjoyed the best pre-season campaign they’ve ever had in preparation for the 2019/20 campaign.
Prior to a 3-1 win over Lyon on Wednesday, the Reds had gone four matches without victory.
Boss Jurgen Klopp won’t have been too concerned, however. He has played the majority of pre-season without Alisson, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah due to their various international commitments.
The absence of those stars has handed an opportunity to some of Klopp’s fringe players to stake their claim for a place.
One of those, Adam Lallana, could have earnt himself a Liverpool reprieve with his performances during the friendly fixtures.
Having spent his career terrorising defenders in various advances roles, Klopp has deployed him in a deeper central midfield position during pre-season.
He has taken to his new role like a duck to water and looks like he could do a job for Liverpool on the competitive front.
Lallana is exceptionally gifted on the ball and he work-rate makes him ideal to play more centrally in Klopp’s system.
Lallana signed for Liverpool in 2014, costing £25 million from Southampton (BBC Sport). He has played 156 times in five years on Merseyside.
The 31-year-old only managed 13 games last season and he will look to come back with a vengeance during 2019/20.
Klopp hasn’t signed a player for his senior ranks as of yet, but on the evidence of his pre-season form, Lallana could be like a new signing.
He will complement Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner and Naby Keita nicely and his energy and ball-playing abilities will make him a natural fit for such a role.
Lallana is at a bit of a crossroads in his Liverpool career and performing well in his new position might just prolong his Anfield stay.