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Forgotten Liverpool maestro could be like a new signing during 2019/20

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Forgotten Liverpool maestro could be like a new signing during 2019/20

The ex-Southampton has been given a new lease of life during the club’s pre-season fixtures.

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.

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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.

Clean slate

The 31-year-old only managed 13 games last season and he will look to come back with a vengeance during 2019/20.

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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.

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