It must be fairly pleasant being Adam Lallana right now. The technically gifted midfielder has been in fine form for club and country recently, looks set to claim a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016 and has just secured Liverpool's Player of the Month award for March.
Just when he thought it couldn't get any better, it has. His manager Jurgen Klopp has lavished Lallana with praise, claiming that he only recently 'realised more' just how good Lallana really is.
The Reds chief was referring to England's game against the Netherlands, where Lallana produced a fine performance despite the Three Lions suffering a 2-1 defeat at Wembley.
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Lallana was a constant threat throughout proceedings and played a crucial role in Jamie Vardy's opening goal.
Klopp, then, has admitted that Lallana has been a 'pleasant surprise' and has insisted that he's happy other people are recognising his talent.
Klopp has his say
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's Premier League clash against Tottenham, Klopp stated: "The most pleasant surprise? One for sure.
“I always knew how strong he is. I knew more about him when he played for Southampton, wrote there a very nice story.
“And I’m really happy a few more people recognise what a player there is.
“Against Netherlands, I realised more that he’s a really good player."
Consistency is key
Liverpool fans will now be hoping to see Lallana flourish during the final stages of the season. Since arriving on Merseyside from Southampton, the 27-year-old has had a mixed period, but he finally appears to have settled down.
Klopp and co. certainly won't be getting too carried away just yet, but it's clear for all to see that Liverpool have an extremely talented player in their ranks. It's now crucial that he manages to prove his credentials week in, week out.
It's safe to say that Lallana will be involved as Liverpool play host to Tottenham tomorrow evening. The game represents an intriguing one for both teams. Klopp's side still hold an outside chance of securing a place in next season's Champions League competition, while Spurs are well and truly involved in the title race.
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