Alan Pardew says he rates Liverpool star Adam Lallana as much as former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez.

The Three Lions star started well with Premier League side Southampton before he switched allegiance to the Merseyside club.

Lallana has grown to be one of the top prospects in English football. He is an influential figure at Anfield and for the England national side.

Before taking over the reins at Newcastle United, Pardew coached Lallana between 2009 and 2010. He praised the development of the player overtime and his blend of skills as a pro baller.

“He has fantastic technical ability in tight areas. You associate that with Italian and Brazilian players. Lallana is as good as any player I’ve worked with. I include in that Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. He has got the technical ability of those guys in small areas,” Pardew said.

Pardew himself was sacked after a poor run in charge of Crystal Palace this season. Sam Allardyce has restored calm after threats of relegation.

On the subject, Lallana has scored seven crucial goals for Liverpool this season despite missing games due to injury. He has seven assists in the 28 league games he has featured in this year. He is one of the most important players in the team at the moment. He is set to offer more as Liverpool hope to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The 28-year old star moved to Liverpool in 2014 after former coach Brendan Rodgers convinced him in a big-money move from St Mary.