Man of the Match: Adam Lallana tops fans’ player ratings after Man City mauling

3 March 2016
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Producing a star turn in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at home to Manchester City, Adam Lallana earned the plaudits of the Liverpool support.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Liverpool's Adam Lallana scelebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 27-year-old returned to Jurgen Klopp‘s starting lineup after a spell on the sidelines through injury, taking the place of Philippe Coutinho in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Scoring Liverpool’s opener and setting up Roberto Firmino‘s 57th-minute strike, Lallana capped an impressive all-round showing.

Performing with grit and determination off the ball, Lallana took a more decisive approach in attack, looking to move play forwards quickly, rather than dallying in possession.

This display saw Lallana earn This is Anfield’s Man of the Match award, and rating the Reds’ performances after the game, supporters followed suit.

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Lallana currently has a 9.1 rating for his latest Anfield showing, 0.7 more than any other player.

Emre Can is second in the supporters’ vote, with 8.4, while goalscorers Firmino and James Milner both received a rating of 8.3.

Kolo Toure was the Reds’ standout defender, and earned a rating of 8.0, with fans’ favourite Jon Flanagan slightly below with 7.8.

Following an emphatic team performance, only Simon Mignolet received a rating lower than 7.0, with the Belgian goalkeeper’s quiet evening resulting in a 6.6.

Klopp’s starting lineup averaged a rating of 7.8—evidence of their dominance over Manuel Pellegrini’s City side.

Proving his credentials as a match-winner on Wednesday night, Lallana now must continue to impose himself in big-game situations for the Reds, and maintain the approval of supporters.

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