Adam Lallana has explained he is open to reinventing himself as a defensive midfielder – and some Liverpool fans on Twitter have mocked him for his comments.
The 31-year-old has been an attacking midfielder during his career and played 158 games during his time with the Reds.
His unfortunate luck with injuries has certainly halted his progress in recent years, but he’s been fit at the beginning of this season and been give two cameos from the bench so far.
Lallana filled into a deep-lying playmaker role during a training game earlier in the year and has been discussing the position.
“I’m still waiting to get a chance there [in a deeper midfield role]. That may, or may not, come, but it definitely interests me,” Lallana told the Times.
“I find it very stimulating because I get more of the ball than I have ever had in my career before. Sometimes as a No 8 you are making decoy runs, or you are offering and you don’t get the ball.
“Whereas if you are in the ‘six’ you are centralised to the play, involved in the build-up a lot more. That is what I noticed straight away. That’s where the stimulation comes from — it feels good to be on the ball.”
A selection of Liverpool fans have ripped into Lallan for his comments and he seems an out of favour figure at Anfield.
The Englishman was once a chief creator that was a regular in the England set-up and popular on Merseyside following his arrival for £25million (BBC) in 2014.
But injuries have seen him slip down the pecking order in recent years and it’s hard to see him forcing his way back in considering how strong Liverpool have become under manager Jurgen Klopp.
It seems there would be very little chance of playing a deeper role in a game too, especially with Fabinho the favourite in that role in front of the back four.
Here are some Liverpool fans on Lallana:
reinventing LMAO.. Played there once in a pre-season game and will most probably never play there again for Liverpool
— KierownikWodopoju (@BoyBetterKnown_) September 12, 2019
— Pep (@FR_INC) September 12, 2019
My god just sell him ffs
— Roy Prannoy (@PRANNOYROY6) September 12, 2019
I would still prefer him higher up the field tbh, CDM is a very important position
— stricky (@strickyfootball) September 12, 2019
I swear this guy has more interviews than goals for Liverpool. And how does one reinvent themselves without playing a single official game?
— The biased ref (@mainman_mani) September 12, 2019
A defensive midfielder 😂🤣😂🤣
— Smigger (@Smigger67) September 12, 2019
It’s like me saying I’ve reinvented myself as a wonderful boyfriend when I don’t even have a girlfriend 🤨
— Conrad 🇿🇲🏴 (@conradmwaka) September 12, 2019
Reinventing himself 🙄 will be injured again in a couple weeks.
— Kev M (@teddybearyellow) September 13, 2019