Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool’s late starter really deserves award, he’s outstanding

The Liverpool manager speaks in glowing terms about Adam Lallana

Jurgen Klopp claimed that Adam Lallana has proven a late start in his career after the Liverpool midfielder was named England’s player of the year for 2016.

The Reds star received 39 per cent of the vote cast by members of the England supporters’s club ahead of Leicester City striker and Premier League winner Jamie Vardy.

Lallana has also proven a key figure for his club team after an impressive return of seven goals and seven assists in 20 games in the Premier League so far.

Indeed, the England international has been one of Klopp’s standout players since the former Borussia Dortmund boss took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference about Lallana’s form ahead of their home clash against Chelsea on Tuesday night, Klopp spoke in glowing terms about the England midfielder.

“That’s very nice – very, very nice. I think the right decision, a good decision,” Klopp said.

“It’s a decision of the supporters? So, wonderful. I think he really deserved it because he had an outstanding year, not only [for] the national team but in the national team too.

“If you want, he’s kind of a late starter and so it’s really nice that people could see what he is doing. I’m really happy for him.”

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Lallana moved to Liverpool in a £20m deal from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window.

The Reds star was a member of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the 2016 European championship.

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