Liverpool attacker Adam Lallana on Wednesday scored twice and set up another to gift The Reds a much-needed mood-lifting 3-nil win away at Middlesbrough.
After the heart breaking loss against Bournemouth and draw against West Ham United Jurgen Klopp’s men travelled to the Riverside stadium hoping to turn their misfortunes around and they did just that.
One major change to the Merseyside outfit’s starting line-up was Simon Mignolet in place of under-fire Lloris Karius. The former Mainz shot-stopper has had his hand full with outrages from fans and criticisms from pundits most notably Phil and Garry Neville within these past two weeks.
Mignolet was hardly called into action as Aitor Karanka’s men blunt attack failed to ask questions of The Reds’ otherwise weak defence – Liverpool have conceded more than any other team in the top six – or did they create any meaningful chance to have a go at the visitor’s back line.
The Reds started the game with ameasured pace, poking around the home sides’ crowded defence until Adam Lallana’s 29th minute brilliant finish sparked Jurgen Klopp’s men to action. Sadio Mane came close on more than one occasion while wasting the chances created. Lallana’s brilliance however saw the reds go 2-0 up at the 60th minute after some clever footwork from the England international set up Divick Origi to score his fifth goal in as many matches.
The former Southampton man later added a third eight minutes later to cap out a perfect business day for the Merseysiders which propelled them to second place on the league standing, 6 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Boro coach, Karanka later admitted their opponent’s class were too much to handle despite having faced and drawn against Manchester City and Arsenal.
“We tried, especially in the second half with two new players to press higher. It proved impossible to stop them. I can admit they were much better than us,” he added.