Liverpool made things hard for themselves during Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Burnley.
Not only did the Reds go 1-0 down inside six minutes, but after taking a 3-1 lead they conceded a sloppy goal in the 91st minute to set up a tense finish at Anfield.
Luckily for them, Sadio Mane put the game to bed two minutes later with his second goal, adding to Roberto Firmino’s brace.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been far from their best in 2019 and it says a lot that their stand-out performer against Burnley was Adam Lallana.
Lallana, 30, has barely featured this season but provided the spark in midfield that Liverpool have lacked recently.
He started in a midfield three alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho and dominated with his energy and creativity.
Indeed, Liverpool’s second goal actually came from Lallana making a superb block just outside of Burnley’s box, which saw the ball fall to Mohamed Salah and eventually Mane.
Klopp was certainly impressed with what he saw from the Englishman, saying afterwards: “We had a long training week and a lot of training sessions.
“I said at the start of the week that it’s possible to show up. Mybe if you play a lot of times with 12, 13 or 14 players then it’s important the boys know it, and Adam used that.
“Not only Adam, but him especially. It was clear at the end that if he can play like he trained then he will help us a lot and that’s exactly how it happened today.
“He is always good on the ball but he is pretty aggressive, too, so on the counter-press situation it’s a game-changer.
“It’s a brilliant thing in that moment which didn’t look promising until he jumped in. Well done and well deserved, I am really happy for him.”
Lallana really was a “game-changer” for Liverpool against Burnley and his highlights from the game show just how good he was.
Whether it was tracking back to win possession or carrying forward an attack, the Englishman showed incredible work rate and desire to make an impact.
Adam Lallana was a man on a mission yesterday 👊https://t.co/XGPTjfFx7E— SNM (@JackCook95) March 11, 2019
It’s unlikely that Lallana’s status as a rotation player will change at Liverpool all because of one man-of-the-match performance, but he’s certainly given Klopp something to think about.
Eight league games remain for Liverpool to end their title drought and Lallana will be hoping he can continue to play an important role between now and the end of the season.