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“Forgotten” figure Lallana adds a new dimension to Liverpool’s attack, says Redknapp

By Harry Edwards

Published: 11:47, 22 October 2019

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has praised Adam Lallana for the “new dimension” he provides to the Reds’ attack.

Lallana came off the bench to score the equaliser for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, keeping the Reds six points clear at the top of the Premier League table and still unbeaten after nine games.

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  • Lallana has played just 30 minutes of Premier League football this season.
  • 19 of those came in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.
  • Lallana came off the bench to score a late equaliser, keeping Liverpool’s unbeaten start intact.
  • It was Lallana’s first competitive goal for Liverpool since May 2017.
  • And former Reds midfielder Redknapp believes Lallana adds a new dimension to Liverpool’s team.

Prior to Lallana’s introduction in the 71st minute, Liverpool had looked bereft of ideas without the injured Mohamed Salah, struggling to break down Manchester United’s back five and trailing to Marcus Rashford’s opener.

But less than 15 minutes later, the Englishman had drawn Liverpool level, tapping Andrew Robertson’s cross into a relatively open net from close range.

It was Lallana’s first competitive goal for Liverpool since May 2017, with the Englishman struggling to get into the team over the past two seasons – suffering with injury problems and the intense competitiveness within Jurgen Klopp’s side.

But Redknapp believes Lallana reminded everyone of what he can be capable of this weekend.

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“Adam Lallana fully deserves his spot in my team of the weekend for his second-half cameo at Old Trafford,” he told the Daily Mail.

“He came on and changed the game — not only with his goal but in his overall play. He made Liverpool more calm and added a new dimension to their attack.

“It was a reminder of how good a player he is. Maybe we had forgotten that.”

Although Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League, the draw with Manchester United did end the Reds’ winning run at 17.

Klopp’s side were looking to equal Manchester City’s top-flight record of 18 with victory at Old Trafford and also missed out on the chance to equal Chelsea longest perfect start to a Premier League season which stands at nine games.

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Lallana looking to build on Old Trafford goal

The 19-minute appearance for Lallana at Old Trafford almost tripled the Englishman’s time on the pitch in the Premier League this season, having only managed 11 minutes prior to Sunday.

Added to 11 minutes in the Community Shield, Lallana’s only significant playing time this season has come in the Carabao Cup, playing the full match against MK Dons in the third round.

But Lallana believes he can build on his goal at Old Trafford to become an important part of Liverpool’s team searching for a first league title since 1990.

“It’s obviously nice to be able to contribute to a top team like this,” he said.

“I feel that’s the first of big moments me for this season. Just because I’ve not started any of the first nine games, I don’t think that means I am not going to play a big part in this team.

“I feel like I’ve been fit for a good year now, especially since coming back from pre-season.

“But we’re European champions, we’ve got a top squad, so I’ve had to be patient for my chance but delighted to come on and make an impact like that.”

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