Adam Lallana will be the first to admit that his first season in a Liverpool shirt didn’t go exactly how he thought it would. Plagued by an injury curse that started during pre-season, the former Southampton captain spent the whole campaign in and out of the side as he fought off a variety of different ailments, but the 27-year old is now back in tip-top shape and he’s hoping an extended run in the first team will finally show Reds supporters everywhere just what he can do.
“Physically I am in great shape at the moment – and I’ve not missed a training session or a game to date,” the 26-year old told the club’s official website. “So I’m massively feeling the benefits of that and I’m looking forward to the season and to really get going,” he continued. “It was a great result for us at the weekend and we need to back it up with another win on Monday night against Bournemouth.”
An ineffectual display out on the left wing against the Potters saw Lallana get the hook just past the hour mark as the 27-year old struggled to make any real impact on the match. Although he’s always looked better roaming around the center rather than out wide, this is a role he may have to get used to with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers bringing in a number of attacking reinforcements over the summer that will only increase competition for spots in the squad — something he may very well struggle to do in his second season at Anfield whether his injury problems flair up again or not.
“I’m sure any professional will tell you being on the treatment table is no good, especially when I’d just joined the club,” explained the Reds midfielder. “You want to integrate with the lads a lot more and when you’re away from the group, it’s not as easy to do that. Anyone will tell you pre-season is an important stage for a professional footballer, where you work extra hard and put your body through a lot,” he added. “But I feel we had a good pre-season and the benefits were there to see on Sunday. Different parts of our game that we’ve worked on in pre-season came out as well, and to get a clean sheet and a win at Stoke was a great result.”