With Liverpool 5-0 up from the first leg, Jurgen Klopp could afford to rest some of his star players for this evening’s Champions League last-16 second leg against FC Porto ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United this weekend.
Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were named among the substitutes, while Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and James Milner came into the starting line-up.
Lallana was handed his first start for two months by Klopp. The 29-year-old had an opportunity to show his manager why he should be starting week-in, week-out, following several weeks of cameo appearances.
The technically-gifted England international, who arrived at Anfield from Southampton back in 2014, started on the left-hand side of Liverpool’s three-pronged attack which also featured Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
But what did Liverpool fans make of his performance?
LIVERPOOL FANS ARE MAKING THE SAME POINT ABOUT LALLANA
Well, supporters watching the match from the comfort of their homes, rather than the stands, took to social media over the course of the 90 minutes – and they were all making the same point about the England international.
Fans were disappointed by his display and believe he shouldn’t start another game in Liverpool’s front three because he slows everything down.
Here’s a selection of some of the tweets about Lallana that were posted during tonight’s match…
Lallana could bring a runaway freight train to a stop. Unneccassarily slows everything down #lfc
— Simon Flynn (@SimonFlynn1) March 6, 2018
Lallana playing on the wing is so slow and depressing
— Ben (@JackBaeuer) March 6, 2018
Lallana should never play in our front 3, there's a reason he caught form in our midfield 3. Too damn slow
— #MakeTheLakersGreatAgain (@Yikalo_Yohannes) March 6, 2018
What is the point of Adam Lallana?? Offers absolutely nothing bar slow paced aimless running.
— Md Abul Hasan (@hasanlfc08) March 6, 2018
So used to watching Salah tear down the wings that Lallana looks painfully slow. Incredible how much this squad has improved
— Parvin singh (@someguy1983) March 6, 2018