Former Liverpool striker Jan Molby has urged Brendan Rodgers to play summer signing Adam Lallana more regularly in his starting line-up.
The England international was signed from Southampton on a transfer fee of £25m and injuries earlier in the summer forced him to wait to make his first team debut during the Reds' 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in September.
So far, Lallana has started in five league games and has already scored a goal for the Merseyside club. Another summer signing Mario Balotelli has struggled to find form and despite that, the former Swansea manager is starting the Italian international has been a regular started for Liverpool.
Molby believes Rodgers needs to hand Lallana a run of games in order to get the best out of the midfielder.
"Liverpool have been willing to give Mario Balotelli a consistent run of games in the team – so why not Adam Lallana?" Molby told the Liverpool Echo.
"The summer signing from Southampton may be carrying an injury, but we've not heard about it, so if he is fit and ready to go then I can't see why he's not in the team. This isn't a case similar to Lazar Markovic where it looks like he needs to be introduced to the league, Lallana is a proven Premier League player."
"After recovering from an injury picked up in the summer, Lallana got back to fitness and I thought his goal and performance against West Brom was going to be the start of things. But, for whatever reason, it hasn't happened and Lallana has been in and out of the side."
"Last season, Liverpool's players were allowed to play themselves into form. Players such as Raheem Sterling, Jon Flanagan and Jordan Henderson played themselves into form and played a major part in Liverpool's success."
"Lallana appears to be the type of player who needs a run of games to get his Anfield career off the ground and recapture the form he showed for Southampton. The Reds were pretty clear that he was the one they wanted in the summer and so spent £25m on him."
"There was a suggestion at Saints that he could only really play for 70 minutes but Liverpool could give him a run of 10 games now and give him the chance to find his form," the former Reds star concluded.