It won’t bring the League Cup to Anfield, but Liverpool’s resounding 3-0 win over Manchester City only a few days after losing out to their Northwest rivals at Wembley will bring a measure of pride back to Merseyside and give Reds boss Jurgen Klopp something to consider after Adam Lallana, who missed out on a spot in the starting eleven at the weekend, putting in a Man of the Match performance against the Citizens.
“It was absolutely brilliant,” the German manager told BT Sport when asked about Lallana’s performance following the final whistle. “What can I say about him? He’s a great, great player,” he enthused. “And for our game very, very important because he is a real lively, energetic player. He loves pressing and counter-pressing,” added Klopp with a knowing smile. “At the end all of the people, well most of the people, remember his genius goal or when he played a pass to Roberto [Firmino] was really good too.”
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Putting in arguably his best performance in a red shirt since trading the South Coast for Merseyside last summer, Lallana’s speculative effort opened the scoring after Joe Hart was slow to react and the 26-year old would go on to complete 88% of his passes, backheeling into the path of Roberto Firmino to set-up James Milner to add a second, provide the aforementioned assist for Firmino and provide 2-key passes in the final third — not to mention his tireless harrassing and harrying of the opposition as Liverpool’s high intensity game worked an absolute treat.
“I was surprised… he didn’t shoot too often until now!” laughed Klopp, reflecting on how Lallana gave the Reds a deserved lead. “The first thing you have to do if you’re not satisfied with your scoring record is try to shoot more often in situations like this,” continued Klopp. “I saw it on the television and it was a really good shot.”