By Sean Hayes

Liverpool enter tonight’s clash with Premier League rivals Chelsea full of confidence following a 4-1 win over Leicester City last weekend.

Although the Reds will need to be at their best to record three points at Stamford Bridge, here are three thoughts on the Merseyside outfit following last weekend’s victory.

Lallana hits form but needs to score more

Adam Lallana was tipped to be on his way out of Anfield at the start of the summer transfer window, but his performances so far this season make that pretty hard to believe.

The former Southampton midfielder has been brilliant for Liverpool and even popped up with a winning goal for his country last week as Jurgen Klopp seems to be getting the best out of the star.

Lallana’s finish for Liverpool’s third goal against the Foxes was sublime, as he arrowed a half-volley into the top corner, but his work off the ball was most impressive.

The playmaker’s seemingly tireless engine has always been one of his best traits and he clocked up 13.1km in the victory, but one thing he has lacked is goals.

If Lallana can improve his prowess in front of goal then he could become a pivotal player for the Reds.

Too many cooks in the kitchen?

With Lallana taking most of the plaudits, Roberto Firmino’s performance against Leicester may have fell under the radar.

So far this season the Brazilian forward hasn’t been at his best, but his link-up play with Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge saw him have his best game of the campaign.

Firmino also grabbed a brace, with two calm and cool finishes, but was it the absence of Philippe Coutinho that led to his impressive display?

His Brazilian counterpart was dropped to the bench as he has also struggled to string together consistent performances and it is possible that they cancel each other out when they play in the same side.

With a lot of talented players occupying a similar position, Klopp will have to work out if there is room for them all to feature in the starting line-up.

Selfless Sturridge

After complaining about being stuck out wide, Daniel Sturridge started in a central position for Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The England international may not have scored, but his movement off the ball troubled the Leicester back four throughout and his back-heel assist for Mane’s goal was superb.

Sturridge’s unselfish work didn’t go unnoticed, however he lacked the finishing touch on a number of occasions when in normal circumstances you’d be expecting him to reel away and dance in front of the Kop.

Nonetheless, it was a good performance that will boost the former Chelsea man’s chances of securing a consistent central position within the team.

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