Jurgen Klopp reacts to Adam Lallana’s performance in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Stoke

The Liverpool manager was pleased with Adam Lallana's performance in Tuesday night's 4-1 win against Stoke City

Jurgen Klopp has praised Adam Lallana’s performance in Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Stoke City at Anfield in the Premier League on Tuesday evening.

The England international had scored three goals in his last three Premier League games ahead of the visit of the Potters in the first game at Anfield since Christmas Day.

Lallana scored his seventh Premier League goal of the 2016-17 season after the attacking midfielder cancelled out Jonathan Walters’ 12th-minute opener on Merseyside.

Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge also got on the score sheet against the Potters, while Stoke defender Giannelli Imbula inadvertently netted an own goal in the second half.

Speaking at his post-match media conference after Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Stoke on Tuesday evening, Klopp singled out Lallana for praise and explained the reasons behind the playmaker’s recent success.

“He’s very important but if only Adam was good at keeping the ball then we have a big problem. I saw no player who didn’t do his job tonight,” Klopp said.

“It was not easy. We could have done better, especially in the last 15 minutes – 4-1 up, we ran with the ball still on fire and that makes not too much sense. But it’s part of our character so I have not too big a problem with it.

“In the first half, we could have done a lot better, all of us, but Adam is very important. Alone, it could be difficult for him.”

Liverpool are six points behind current leaders Chelsea ahead of their Premier League clash against Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

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The Reds have only lost two Premier League games this term.

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