Former Liverpool ace Luis Garcia has claimed Adam Lallana enjoyed his best season on Merseyside yet in the 2016/17 campaign.
Lallana was on the score sheet in the decisive 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough on the final game of the season which meant his side secured fourth-place and a place in next season’s Champions League.
The 29-year-old arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2014 after a £25million move from Southampton, but he failed to reach top form in his first two seasons with the club.
Garcia was a Champions League winner with the Reds in 2005, and he made 120 appearances in all competitions, scoring 30 goals.
He was impressed with Lallana’s efforts this term, and speaking to liverpoolfc.com he even compared him to Reds ace Philippe Coutinho.
“We had been waiting for Adam Lallana to explode and now we have seen what an amazing player he is,” he said.
“Like Coutinho, he is a special player who can do everything – from nowhere they can score a brilliant goal or play a brilliant pass.
“He is good with the right and the left, he is fast and he has got the ability to dribble past players. This year we have seen his best, but I think he can continue growing.”
Lallana scored eight goals and supplied seven assists in 31 Premier League appearances for the Reds this term.
In his three seasons at Anfield he has been utilised all over the midfield and he has played 125 league and cup games for the club, scoring 21 goals and providing 19 assists.
He has also been capped by England on 31 occasions, scoring three goals, and the last game he featured in was the 2-0 win over Lithuania in the World Cup qualifiers in March of this year.