Xavi knows a good player when he sees one.
The Barcelona legend played 767 times for the Catalan club, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Ronaldinho.
Having played with all these greats, Xavi’s opinion when it comes to judging the quality of a player can’t really be questioned. Can it?
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The midfielder, who left the Nou Camp last summer to play for Qatar side Al Sadd, picked Adam Lallana as the most important player in Roy Hodgson’s squad, describing him as “quality.”
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England fans will likely disagree with Xavi’s pick and some Liverpool fans may also find his comments a little bewildering.
England's starting XI?
Lallana will find it extremely difficult to find his way into Hodgson’s starting XI for their Euro 2016 opener against Russia on June 11.
Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and Dele Alli will all be vying for an attacking-midfield place for this summer’s tournament and could be given the nod ahead of the 27-year-old.
While Xavi think Lallana is England's key player, some people don't think he should even be in the squad.
Liverpool signed Lallana from Southampton last summer for a reported £25 million but endured a disappointing campaign last season. His side finished sixth and the midfielder was often criticised for his performances.
However, since of the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in October, Lallana’s performances have improved immensely and he has only missed six league matches this season. He was also named March’s fans’ player of the month award.
And, it’s clear that the German boss is a big fan of the tricky midfielder.
When speaking about Lallana earlier this week, Klopp admitted he wasn't aware of the quality of the player.
“It was a pleasant surprise. One of them, for sure. Maybe I have another few!” he told reporters this week, per The Mirror.
“I always knew how strong he was. I knew more about him when he played for Southampton. He wrote a very nice story there, and I am really, really happy that a few more people are recognising what a great player he is.
“I saw the game against the Netherlands this week, and he really is a good player – and a nice guy too,” he added.
Klopp also commented on Lallana’s award for his performances in March.
“It's absolutely deserved,” he admitted.
“He's won the award for the whole Premier League for March? Congratulations. Hopefully he can win it again in April. That will be good for us!”
So, that’s Klopp and Xavi singing the praises of Lallana in the same week.
All he needs to do now is win around the England fans ahead of this summer.
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