Anfield great: Lallana is Liverpool’s new Beardsley

Joe Williams

John Aldridge thinks Adam Lallana is now Liverpool’s “lynchpin” like Peter Beardsley was during his time at Anfield.

Beardsley enjoyed a successful spell with the Reds in the late 80’s and early 90’s playing alongside Aldridge and a host of other Kop legends.

Lallana on the other hand struggled to show his top form consistently in his first couple of seasons on Merseyside but Aldridge believes the England international is now hitting the peak of his powers.

“Lallana is starting to get the credit he deserves. People were frustrated with him when he first came.

“We weren’t seeing the player we’d seen at Southampton and for England. But he’s now got to grips with the size of the club and he’s been tremendous” Aldridge said.

Lallana has scored six goals and created six in his 15 Premier League matches this season and Aldridge thinks there is a lot more to his game than just work-rate.

“He very influential and opposing sides now know if you can nullify him you’ll stop balls getting to the front three,” Aldridge added.

“He’s the key man. He has a similar gait to Peter Beardsley and both create and score a lot of goals. Beardsley was our lynchpin and Lallana is now too.”