Jamie Carragher believes Adam Lallana can fulfil a similar role that Philippe Coutinho did for Liverpool.
Liverpool have played two games since selling Coutinho to Barcelona for £105million, beating Premier League leaders Manchester City 4-3 before losing 1-0 to bottom side Swansea.
Many felt that the absence of Coutinho was at least part of the reason for the Swansea defeat, but Carragher insists otherwise.
“A lot of people will look at the game and say they missed Coutinho,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ MNF Extra.
“Of course that is a factor because he’s a top player and he was one of the most creative players in the team, but let’s not forget that he started those games with Burnley, Newcastle and West Brom earlier this season and it was a problem last season as well. So it’s not just down to Coutinho.
“I feel that the passing can be a little lethargic when the opposition get players behind the ball. If they moved it quicker, they might be able to exploit spaces when people do get out of position. Adam Lallana should help in that respect.
“He’s no Coutinho, of course, but he was outstanding in central midfield last season, so he should be able to add a link between midfield and attack.”
Johnny Nic: Is Formula One sexist? (PlanetF1)