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2019 08 01 Retrieve
[Adam Lallana is relishing relearning his trade in a new deeper role at Liverpool] It’s nice. I found myself playing there a few times this pre-season and I’m happy to play anywhere. I’ve enjoyed it, obviously getting on the ball. There are still aspects of the game I need to improve on and I’m sure I’ll learn the more I play there. I’m delighted to get some more minutes and build my fitness. [The manager] has mentioned I can play there, that I’ve got the ability to play there. There’s not been any formal chat but I’m happy playing there. I see a lot of the ball and I’m the type of player that wants to be on the ball; I feel I can get us moving, get us out of tight situations and bring a different aspect to Liverpool. As long as I can stay fit – and I’ve been working hard on my fitness – then I think I can bring quality to this Liverpool team.
[Lallana played the first hour in this deeper role in Liverpool’s final friendly of pre-season, a 3-1 win after coming from behind against Ligue 1 side Lyon in Geneva] It was obviously nice to get back to winning ways. It’s not the be-all and end-all in pre-season but it’s good to get into good habits. I thought all round everyone played a good part and it was a good runout for us. It was a little bit of a dodgy start but a good reaction. We’re going to go behind in games this season, I’m sure, so I thought the boys showed good character to get back into it against a good Lyon side. The young lads played well as well when they came on. [It was] a different format, some changes after half an hour. The manager said he wanted to use this game to get everyone up to scratch and give everyone the minutes they needed to have depending on what level they’re at, and I thought we coped with that really well as well
2019 03 10 Retrieve
[Lallana told of a testing period in his career] It has been a difficult 18 months to two years for me with injuries, but hopefully that’s behind me now. I just want to keep working hard and contribute to what will be an exciting end to the season. It helps when you can be fit consistently, I’ve not had that over the last couple of years. It was a good game and I enjoyed being out there
2019 03 10b Retrieve
[Lallana told of their efforts against the Clarets, which have helped to raise morale heading into the second leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter with Bayern Munich] It’s a big three points with Manchester City winning yesterday. The conditions were difficult for both teams. One minute it was sunny, the next minute it was hailing and then raining. It was odd but I’m happy we held our nerve.
The way Burnley play is difficult and they are fighting for every point, but I thought we were convincing winners in the end. The main thing was just focusing on three points and now we switch to the Champions League and Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Both teams will be quietly confident.
2019 09 12 Retrieve
[Adam Lallana says that he has looked to Frenkie de Jong and Fabinho for inspiration as he undergoes a transformation into a deep-lying midfielder] You get a couple of the lads joking about it, but that shows that you play that role quite well. I’m still waiting to get a chance there. That may, or may not, come, but it definitely interests me. I find it very stimulating because I get more of the ball than I have ever had in my career before. Sometimes as a No. 8 you are making decoy runs, or you are offering and you don’t get the ball.
I have not gone into it too deeply. Jordan [Henderson] told me I need to watch [Barcelona’s] Frenkie de Jong. The way he plays it, he kind of dribbles a little bit more than other sixes would, which obviously brings a bit of risk but that is in my game. I do watch the six more so now than what the eight does because I know that reasonably well. What are their movements like? I’ve found myself focusing on Fabinho a little bit in our first games and he has played it outstandingly well
2019 09 13 Retrieve
[Adam Lallana is not worried about his expiring contract at Liverpool but acknowledges that he has to prove himself deserving of an extended stay] Worry is the wrong word. Of course, you think ahead and like to plan to a degree. I love it here. But I’m not obsessing about my future. Being as fit as I can, and working as hard as I can, is at the forefront of my mind. The rest will take care of itself. I feel happy. I feel fit and strong. If I want to be part of this team, the best team in Europe, I need to keep improving and developing and that is what I have found difficult over the last two years because I have not been able to show that. I can’t be the same player, I need to be better because the team is better.
I didn’t make the squad for the first game of the season [against Norwich City] and that was a bit of an eye-opener. I didn’t see that happening. I hadn’t experienced that since I was growing up at Southampton. But it is a 60-game season and I look at my last couple of seasons and think just be patient, be persistent and eventually my chance will come. If I am fit, I am sure I will contribute in a big way
[Lallana admits to having experienced some dark days during his time on the treatment table] It got to the point where I said to the medical team to make my schedule opposite to the rest of the boys, so I didn’t need to act as if everything was ok in front of them anymore. If they came in in the morning, I did afternoon sessions. I felt I was going to be back for the business end of the season [in 2018-19]: semi-finals, going for the league. The rotation for matches was there. So that was a big, big blow.
There were loads of periods during last season when I was sad and angry, not at anyone in particular, just at the situation. I was continually battling to contribute, to be dependable to my team-mates because when you get injured, it is almost, not a sign of weakness, but you are not able to do your job fundamentally. At times, my insecurities were real. How am I going to get back into the team? I felt like I was climbing a ladder that was never-ending at times. Sometimes I was taking a step back but the team was taking two forward
2019 10 20 Retrieve
[When asked what his instructions were from Klopp] Just make an impact. We had 25 minutes left. We weren’t at our best today so you look to the bench to make a change. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was extremely good when he came on. If we want to win the title we will need the squad not just a starting XI. Form goes out the window in these games.
I felt that we controlled the game when I was on, certainly after the first 10 minutes and at the end I thought we were the only team who would go on and get all three points. We have come to Old Trafford and got a point. We would probably have taken that at the beginning of the season and we are still unbeaten. There are huge positives to take considering we weren’t at our best today
2019 10 21 Retrieve
[Adam Lallana says he is ready to play a big role in Liverpool’s quest for silverware] I think it was against Middlesbrough, wasn’t it? I’ve scored plenty in the back garden against my lad since then - didn’t feel half as good, though!
I’m delighted. It’s obviously nice to contribute. I feel like I’ve been fit for a good year now, especially since coming back from pre-season. But we’re European champions, we’ve got a top squad, so I’ve had to be patient for my chance but delighted to come on and make an impact like that.
It’s a long old season. We’ve got the Club World Cup to come. We’ve got the Carabao Cup next week, the Champions League this week, the Premier League at the weekend. Just because I’ve not started any of the first nine [league] games, I don’t think that means I am not going to play a big part in this team. Football’s a funny game. I think the last couple of years, we’ve got the Champions League final with a maximum of four really fit central midfielders. It’s about just staying fit, staying strong and staying ready. I feel that’s where my focus will be
[Lallana admitted that Liverpool left Old Trafford as probably the happier team as they extended their unbeaten start to the campaign] We could have won it. You know, another five, 10 minutes. I thought we were controlling the game, we were dictating the game. The last 15 minutes, when I was on the pitch you could feel that, you could feel that we got that little bit of confidence, that little bit of arrogance that we needed. We were calmer on the ball and we didn’t really have that in the first half. But these games are funny. It’s not a bad point
Listen, everyone probably expected us to win but we knew it was going to be tough here today. We knew if we weren’t at our very best, we wouldn’t win. We weren’t at our best, we didn’t win but we ground out a point. And if you can do that when you don’t play your best, I think you’ve got a good chance of being successful throughout the season and that’s what we’ve shown today
2019 11 03 Retrieve
[Lallana in awe of Sadio Mane after Liverpool star’s Aston Villa rescue job] He just comes up with the big, big moments all the time. The same with Robbo too
We keep getting late goals. The resilience and character is just there in abundance. We were poor first half and it was important we gave a reaction in the second half. I thought we did. I had a big chance with about 15 to go, we just needed that goal for the momentum because it can change and that is exactly what happened today. It’s almost like a sixth sense. We knew once we got one goal then that [second] was going to come. We got that [first] goal late, but we still had enough time. It doesn’t surprise me, you know, that we got that second goal
[At one point, Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table was being cut to just three points, courtesy of Manchester City’s own come-from-behind win over Southampton. Had the Reds lost, Pep Guardiola’s side would have been able to overtake them at the top by winning at Anfield next Sunday] It wasn’t mentioned at half time. But we came in there to the changing room and saw that they have got two late goals. But we have got two later goals, so…
[there is the small matter of a Champions League clash against Genk, in which Liverpool can take a huge step towards qualification for the last 16] We’re going to need everyone over the next few months. But we have got strength in depth and with the amount of games and the competitions that we are in, we will need absolutely everyone
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Lallana welcomes addition of ‘fantastic’ Minamino to Liverpool’s trophy-chasing addiction] Fantastic signing. It’s going to be more competition for places again, which is hugely positive to have. The more you’re competing, the higher the level is in training. That means the quality is going to be higher on a Saturday, Wednesday or whenever we’re playing. It’s fantastic news that we’ve made another addition and I’m really looking forward to meeting him when we get back
[On that challenge, with a final date with Flamengo set to be taken in on Saturday] I think it would be the first time Liverpool would have done it, so we’re one game away from that and [it will] go down in history. It becomes addictive winning these titles, so another one up for grabs on Saturday and we want to come home with a winner’s medal
Being so successful that we have so many games, that’s really what you want. We want to go on a good run in the FA Cup and Champions League, we want to take the Premier League this season, so there’s going to be so many games. We’ve not got a huge squad, so it’s just about keeping everyone as fit as possible and the manager has showed he’s going to utilise the squad because there are that many games
2019 12 20b Retrieve
[Adam Lallana has revealed how impressed he was with club captain Jordan Henderson’s ‘magnificent’ performance out of position at centre-back] We had Hendo [Jordan Henderson] at centre-half and I thought he was magnificent. That is all part of the character and the mentality and why we keep churning out late winners. It’s as simple as that.
2019 12 30 Retrieve
[Adam Lallana says Liverpool want to keep Anfield a fortress] It’s a squad game and I’ve said before that we’re going to need everybody. We’ve got a few injuries at the time being and three or four kids on the bench, it’s a great experience for them being involved and so close to what’s been a special season so far. We can’t take our foot off the gas. We’ve got a couple of huge games at home in the next week – Sheffield United, who have had a fantastic season, and then the derby in the cup. A couple of big games that we can see in the next week. It’s important we recover because we’ve had a few injuries and it’s important that we get everybody back fit as quickly as possible. We want to maintain that form going into the New Year and keep Anfield a fortress
It was a massive three points, a gritty three points at times. We’ll look back when we analyse the game and we can do better, we can improve better mentally and physically. I think we can make life easier for us, keep the ball better. But that’s the attitude we want to have. We don’t want to just win and think, ‘Ah, we got away with that’. I think we can be better and I think it’s important we have that attitude moving forward
2020 01 04 Retrieve
[Lallana ignoring Liverpool exit rumours despite contract at ‘best team in the world’ set to expire] It’s easy to keep working. I’m enjoying playing for the best team in the world, it’s as simple as that. Whatever my contract situation is, that will be going on in the background. There’s not a chance that that will affect my commitment to this club. I have given 110 per cent throughout my Liverpool career and will continue to do so, whether that finishes at the end of the season or whether that continues. It’s a great squad, a great bunch of lads and I couldn’t be enjoying my football any more
[After playing under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, Lallana was signed by Brendan Rodgers and has been in place throughout the club’s recent transformation under Klopp] Yeah, I can, because I work with these lads day in, day out and I see how committed [they are] and how much work is put into it. When you perform like that, as consistently as that, its not through luck. It’s through hard work, dedication, long hours and it’s all worth it.
He [Klopp] has got a bit of everything. He’s very intense, but he can demand that out of his players and keep them on side. He makes us believe that to be more intense means we have got more chance of being successful and you see that out there with what the lads put into every game. We might have to sacrifice different aspects of our life for that, to be at that level, but it’s all worth it
2020 01 05 Retrieve
[Lallana acknowledged that it must be frustrating for the young players to watch from the sidelines] It’s frustrating at times for them [the youngsters] because they want to play. But it’s times like these that they are given the opportunity to show what they are capable of. I am delighted he [Jones] took his opportunity, as did everybody else
2020 01 06 Retrieve
[Adam Lallana says Liverpool expected to win their FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton despite naming a young and relatively inexperienced side] It was good but we expected to win. We said before the game that no matter what teamsheet we had, we’re at home [and] we expect to win.
I think it was important that we went out there with that mentality because it’s such a fortress, Anfield, and the young lads are around us experienced players day in, day out in training and it’s why the level is so high because in training we give them good games, we keep them on their toes and I think that absolutely showed out there. Especially second half, after the first 10 or 15 minutes we found our feet, and even dealing with Millie [James Milner] going off injured, I thought Yasser [Larouci] was absolutely remarkable, coming in like that.
Pedro Chirivella was outstanding, Harvey [Elliott], Curtis, the confidence he showed. It’s a credit to the manager for believing in the younger lads and it’s no surprise to me that we put in a performance like that and we won
They wouldn’t be playing for Liverpool if they weren’t technically good players. I think it’s just important that they gain the right mentality as early as possible and by being chucked into games like this, by being around the first team lads day in and day out, they’ll gain that mentality and the right attitude. For me, that’s what it’s about. They’re good players because they’re already playing for Liverpool [so] it’s about getting the balance of the other parts of the game and you could see that they’ve got that already
2020 01 13 Retrieve
[Adam Lallana offers even more insight into the mindset which is driving Liverpool] It’s on us to keep grounded. We have such a great group of lads for that. We’ve come back in there and after the game we are speaking about how we could have seen it out better. I’m sure it was entertaining for the neutral but we don’t want to be winning games relying on our keeper or seeing shots go past the post. It’s a great mentality that we have, we don’t want to settle for just winning games. That’s a big reason why we are in the position we are. We want to be relentless
[Tottenham was the 10th league game this season that Liverpool have won by a single goal] I think maybe we need to adapt. There is always room for improvement, and even [against Spurs] we could have controlled the game better. Maybe we were a little bit surprised at how much time we had on the ball, but it’s about keeping the ball better, manipulating the ball and seeing games out better if we want to improve and keep this unbeaten run going. Teams are going to adapt their philosophies to play against us, and we have to try and counter that and see games out better
[Lallana himself had made a significant contribution to the victory] It was eventful when I came on. I think I calmed it down for the first 10 minutes, and then the last 20 minutes it was ‘do we go for the second goal or keep possession?’ We had all this time on the ball and we maybe dwelt on it too much at times and caused our own problems. But that’s what I say, we can always improve more. We don’t ever want to be complacent, and it’s good to look back and see places you can improve. That’s a good mentality to have
[Liverpool’s fitness and medical staff believe he is currently in the best shape he has been for a number of years] It’s about training harder. When you’re not playing, it’s hard to maintain your fitness levels to come back in and be able to perform in this team. So you have to train harder, train stronger and make yourself ready, keep on top of everything, so when you are called upon you can deliver performances like last week [Everton]. Obviously I want to be playing as much as possible, but I understand I have a role in this team. At times it might frustrate me, but it’s all about the team. We are winning games and that’s all that matters. I just want to contribute as much as possible. At times you’ve got to be patient, and that’s it. I just take it; another good training week, train hard and train strong, look to perform there and hopefully start at the weekend
2020 06 26 Retrieve
[How Klopp built Liverpool’s title-winning machine] He talked a lot about the team trusting itself, about belief, fearing nobody. He said ‘work hard for me’. That’s all he wants