Adam Lallana is a slightly divisive figure. The England international doesn’t split opinion in the same way controversial footballers such as Mario Balotelli do, but there has been quite the divide in views since his 2014 move to Liverpool.
It all stems from some thinking he’s useless and others being in awe of his silky skills. Those who pan him use a lack of return in terms of goals and assists, while the ‘pro-Lallana’ camp eagerly point to his all-round contribution.
This season (thus far, at least) has been a little different, though, with very few questioning the 28-year-old’s qualities following Jurgen Klopp’s decision to utilise him in a deeper, central role.
The German’s bold call has been rewarded with some truly excellent moments, with the ex-Southampton man notching three goals already this term – two of which were scored during the month of September.
This helped him onto the five-man shortlist for the Premier League’s Player of the Month award, for which he’s the standout candidate…
As the stats (crunched by OuLaLa.com) show, Lallana has outshone Kevin De Bruyne, Theo Walcott, Romelu Lukaku and Heung-min Son in a number of key areas, including successful passes, pass completion and goalscoring conversion rate, while his two assists are the joint-highest return alongside De Bruyne.