After an inconsistent start to the season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have now stitched together a 13-game unbeaten run and are not too far away from the 2nd place in the points table. The manager will be relatively happy with the way things have gone for his side in the last couple of months, as Liverpool look a team that can demolish even the best sides in the country.
It is no real surprise after Klopp added a star in Mohamed Salah to an already impressive attack at Anfield. However, more praise should be shown to the German technician, who has decided to rotate his squad, irrespective of the results.
The Reds made a superb start to the previous league campaign but fell off during the busy festive season around December and January but Klopp has found a solution to it, with his rotation.
The former Mainz man has made more changes to his first team than any other club in the top flight in England, which not only shows the depth in the squad but has also allowed the players to keep themselves fit.
Injuries to key players, in key moments, constantly hurt the club in the previous season but the fact that they have an overload of options in most departments shows the amount of work Klopp has done at the club.
One player, who is struggling to get into the first team now is midfielder Adam Lallana. Having missed the first three months of the campaign with an injury, the England international was only back in action a couple of weeks ago and is yet to start a game for the Reds. However, in every substitute appearance, he has made this season, he has been effective at both ends of the field.
So where does he fit in at Anfield? More so after Naby Keita also joins the squad?
In Klopp’s 4-3-3, Lallana has two roles to own, with Jordan Henderson, Emre Can or James Milner playing as the deepest of the midfielders. Georginio Wijnaldum seems to be Klopp’s first choice in the midfield alongside Philippe Coutinho, in the strongest side for Liverpool at the moment.
Naby Keita could take one of those places next season but for the remainder of the current season, Lallana should push Wijnaldum down the pecking order. The Dutch international has been in decent form but Lallana adds so much more to the Liverpool midfield, not just with his creativity and quick feet, but also with his industry and pressing in the middle of the park.
He makes the whole squad work together in the midfield and Klopp will surely be itching to push him into the first team, as soon as possible.
Liverpool have enough quality for Klopp to refrain from using the 27-year old on the flanks in attack but in the manager’s rotating system, Lallana will be one of the first names on his team sheet, whenever he is fully fit to start.
The Reds have been in devastating form even without Lallana’s flair in the midfield and when he is playing, it only makes Liverpool that much stronger. Surely, he is a part of Liverpool’s strongest XI, that Klopp can field for any game.
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