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Joe Gomez compares Adam Lallana to "a shark when they see blood"

Gomez: Lallana
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Joe Gomez compares Liverpool teammate Adam Lallana to "a shark when they see blood" following the 29-year-old's return to first-team action.

Joe Gomez has compared Liverpool teammate Adam Lallana to "a shark when they see blood" following the 29-year-old's return to action.

Lallana missed the first four months of the campaign due to a thigh injury picked up in pre-season.

However, the former Southampton man is fit again, making his first start of the season in the 2-1 win over Burnley on New Year's Day.

With the talismanic Philippe Coutinho now at Barcelona, Gomez paid tribute to Lallana's style of play ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League meeting with Manchester City.

"He always gets it right. That doesn't just mean running, it's timing," Gomez told Liverpool's official website.

"He senses it; like a shark when they see blood, they attack. He sees when there's an iffy pass or the weight of pass is off or someone has a dodgy touch, he is going to punish you quickly.

"Even if he doesn't win the ball, he is creating the possibility for someone else to just from his press. That's massive with the style of play the manager wants. He is so important."

Lallana scored eight goals for Liverpool last season as Jurgen Klopp's side sealed a Premier League top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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