Following their most recent 4-1 win over Manchester City away from home, it is clear to see that Liverpool have received a real shot in the arm since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival.
The former Borussia Dortmund trainer is widely regarded as one of the most illustrious coaches in the European game, with his positivity and presence getting the best out of the squad he has inherited. A new manager always means a clean slate of sorts for the players and an opportunity for them to impress.
An array of players have stepped up their game since the German’s appointment, with the win at the Etihad Stadium building on stubborn performances and a win away to Chelsea also.
Alberto Moreno has stepped back into the left-back role once more with increased confidence since Klopp’s arrival, while Lucas Leiva looks to have wound back the years in the heart of the team’s midfield.
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Others have also thrived under the former Dortmund man, but the star to have improved most seems to be Adam Lallana.
The England international was signed at significant expense by Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, but there is a collective feeling from the Kop that the skilful attacker’s best is yet to be seen at Anfield. At Southampton Lallana was a leader of men, a creative talisman, a goal threat and a star to link the Saints’ midfield and attack.
However, since moving to Merseyside the 27-year-old has been in and out of the Reds side, with injuries and dips in form preventing him from building any momentum.
There was also a feeling however that Rodgers did not get the best out of the St. Albans-born schemer. Lallana was deployed in a host of different positions and in different formations, which prevented the Englishman from settling at the club.
There certainly were times when the former Southampton man looked fully capable, scoring goals and displaying the superb range of passing that convinced Liverpool to shell out £25million for him in the first place.
The signs are there however that Klopp has helped to increase the playmaker’s confidence and can get the best from the midfielder.
Although Brazilian troublemakers Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino may well have hogged the headlines following Liverpool’s dismantling of City, it was arguably Lallana’s best game in a Reds shirt.
His movement off the ball, incision on it and work rate will have pleased the travelling support and suggest that the Englishman could well have an important role to play in the historic club’s ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League this season.
Klopp still has work to do to convince the entirety of the Liverpool faithful of Lallana’s merits, with the 27-year-old’s decision making and habit of holding onto the ball too long still things that can be worked on.
Despite this, given a fresh lease of life under a new manager, Lallana looks like a player that suits the German manager’s tactics and someone that could well be an unexpected boost for the Merseyside club this season.