Summer signing Adam Lallana has spoken about life at Liverpool and how he believes an upturn in fortunes is just around the corner…
It’s been a difficult season so far for everyone connected with Liverpool FC. Five defeats in their opening eleven Premier League fixtures has left the Reds languishing in mid-table (11th).
Consequently the pressure is starting to grow on the 2013-14 runners-up and in particular manager Brendan Rodgers, who lavished around £120m on nine new players in the summer.
His biggest single outlay during that time was on England international Adam Lallana, who cost a hefty £25m to capture from Southampton.
So far it’s a move that hasn’t quite come off with the 26-year-old failing to fully establish himself following a pre-season knee injury.
After waiting until the middle of September for his debut, Lallana has made 12 appearances in total, scoring once, but is yet to provide more than brief glimpses of his undoubted ability.
Despite the on-field struggles, which have included being an unused substitute in the past two league fixtures, Lallana is full of praise for the man who brought him in.
In an in-depth interview with American broadcaster NBC, the former AFC Bournemouth loanee revealed: “Working for Brendan Rodgers has been brilliant.
“He’s a great manager, he’s very hands on, works very much with the players, and his man-management skills are good.
“He even speaks Spanish to a lot of the lads who can’t speak English. He’s tactically clever and sees things. And he always wants to improve. He’s always watching games, looking to tweak things different. He’s a very, very clever manager.”
Asked for a summary of how Liverpool’s season has gone so far, Lallana admitted that it had been ‘difficult’ at times but he retains huge optimism over the future.
“After losing Luis Suarez and missing Daniel Sturridge up top lately, it’s been difficult.
“We’ve had to find different ways of winning games; other people have had to chip in with goals…
“We know we’ve not been playing to our maximum but we are still in transition.
“We feel that if we keep working hard, a really good performance is around the corner.”
By moving to Anfield, Lallana joined a select list of Liverpool players, which includes Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler, who actually grew up supporting the club’s fierce cross-town neighbours Everton.
In relation to the matter, he added: “I got the opportunity to come to Liverpool, and it was something I couldn’t turn down, really. It was a chance to play Champions League football at a huge, historic club…
“My dad and I are Everton fans, but my sister is a Liverpool fan. Growing up she had a Liverpool kit.
“I don’t know if that was just to be different from me and my dad. I’m not too sure really, it’s just the way it goes! Growing up, she came to a lot of my games as well and she followed my football closely.
“It’s strange isn’t it, how I’ve ended up playing for Liverpool?”
On paper Lallana is a perfect fit for Rodgers’ preferred high tempo, quick-passing, attacking football. It hasn’t quite clicked so far but he is too talented a player to not come good at some stage. Whether he is worth the £25m paid is another matter but I remain convinced Lallana will be a key component of the side sooner or later.
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