Former Premier League footballer Paul Robinson has said that Liverpool’s Adam Lallana ‘had the reins on’ during the Reds’ last-minute win over Aston Villa, claiming that the midfielder’s lack of football became exposed at Villa Park.
Sadio Mane rescued Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s side battled to a 2-1 victory having been a goal behind until Andrew Robertson’s 87th-minute equaliser.
Just six of Liverpool’s 25 shots were on target as they squeezed past their opponents on Saturday afternoon, with Lallana especially guilty of spurning a glorious chance while the scores were at 1-0.
Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Spurs goalkeeper Robinson was critical of the 31-year-old’s performance, saying: “It was a difficult one for Lallana.
“I think he looked to lack composure at times, he dwelt on the ball, he was slow on the ball, he had a bad miss in the second half and you could see his lack of football.
“It wasn’t the Lallana we are used to seeing, bursting forward, making those runs, putting through balls, I think he had the reins on.”
It seems strange that Robinson has picked out Lallana for his showing last weekend, for there could be a case for other Liverpool players having forgetful performances of their own on Saturday.
Lallana may have failed to hit the target with either of his two shots and make a single dribble throughout the game, though he did contribute at both ends – with a total of three key passes and topping the team’s tackles tally with five.
In comparison, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the uninfluential Mohamed Salah (Liverpool’s worst performer according to WhoScored) with four wayward shots of his own, while Lallana’s replacement Naby Keita only offered one long ball and was dispossessed on one occasion more than Lallana in the seven minutes which eventually garnered both of Liverpool’s goals.
Therefore, Robinson’s analysis of Lallana’s performance seems harsh, with the Englishman contributing well on his first league start since March.
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