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Klopp full of praise for Lallana ahead of Liverpool reunion

Fri 29 October 2021 | 13:39

The Reds boss hailed the midfielder who returns to Anfield with Brighton on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp

admitted that former

Liverpool

midfielder

Adam Lallana

is among the best players he has worked with before the clash against

Brighton

on Saturday.

The ex-Liverpool midfielder will return to Anfield for the second time since making a move to the Seagulls in 2020 when he hit free agency.

Although the former England international’s start was not always guaranteed due to the injury setbacks, he proved himself worthy during his six years at Liverpool.

Klopp praised the 33-year-old, who met the back of the net 22 times in 178 games for his club across all competitions.

"

I still miss Adam, to be honest,"

said Klopp.

"It's not easy to miss Adam because pretty much everybody here in the club still has contact with him.

"Adam set the standard from the first to the last day pretty much, and it was really impressive. 

"A player with technical skills and that working mentality is rare. 

"If he hadn't been injured as often, he would have been on another level and it was still already great. 

"He's one of the best players I've ever worked with. He's an incredible person as well, so I'm really looking forward to seeing him again."

Klopp also praised

Graham Potter

’s work at the Amex Stadium as they sit fifth in the Premier League table, having gained 15 points in their first nine matches this season.

Despite their 4-1 loss at the hands of Manchester City last weekend, Potter’s squad had a lot of possession, especially in the second half, with Klopp fully aware of the task he has at hand.

"

It's one of the trickiest games [in the Premier League] with the job Graham has done at Brighton,"

Klopp continued.

"To keep the ball and pass the ball the way they did against [Manchester] City is a really difficult thing to do, and they did it. 

"We lost the game here against Brighton [last season], so that’s another warning sign. 

"They're a real threat; they try to create, they defend well. We have to be at our best.

"I couldn't respect more what Graham is doing at Brighton. I am a big admirer of his work. He's a top-class manager."

The Reds boss revealed that Naby Keita is going to be at his disposal after his substitution in the thumping 5-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend.


source: SportMob

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