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Jamie Carragher singles out one Liverpool player for praise ahead of Crystal Palace trip

Jamie Carragher says he has been impressed by Adam Lallana's displays for Liverpool in recent days

The Sport Review staff
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Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Adam Lallana for his recent performances for Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

The England international bounced back from the disappointment of missing a penalty in the League Cup final by finding the net to help fire the Reds to a 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Lallana has come in for criticism for failing to produce consistent performances for Liverpool since his transfer to the club from Southampton.

However, former Reds defender Carragher says that he has been impressed by what he has seen from the midfielder in recent days.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Carragher said: “Missing a penalty in a shootout at Wembley could rattle the confidence of some players but that wasn’t the case for the Liverpool midfielder.

“He did well when he came off the bench in the Capital One Cup final, helping change the game with fellow substitute Divock Origi, but he showed form in the 3-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday that we had not seen since he came to Anfield.

“There is no doubting Lallana has ability. His energy is impressive, too, as he has no trouble covering a lot of ground. But what he did in midweek, with a goal and an assist, was provide an end product to his game, which even he has admitted has been lacking.

“Lallana reminds me, in some ways, of my old team-mate Vladimir Smicer. He was very good between the boxes and technically he was excellent — you would see that every day in training — but at times he lacked conviction in decisive moments.

“If Lallana — a player who I like — wants to be part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans in the future, the performance he produced against City has to be replicated. There could be no better place for him to make another statement than at Crystal Palace.”

Lallana has scored five goals and made five assists in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit so far this season.

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He will be expecting to feature when Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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