Liverpool’s Adam Lallana: I’m getting closer to my Saints levels
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is confident that he is improving
Adam Lallana says he is getting close to replicating his Southampton form at Liverpool.
The 26-year-old has bounced back from an injury-hit start to his Reds career in recent weeks, establishing himself as a first-team regular.
I’m getting closer to the levels I was at last season for Southampton
And Lallana, who moved to Anfield in a £25m deal from the Saints, admitted that he was trying too hard to impress in the initial months of his Reds career.
“I always knew it was going to be difficult settling in, especially with the injury,” Lallana told Liverpool’s website. “Playing for a new club the size of Liverpool and having Champions League football – you need to be tough mentally.
“I was so desperate to do well, maybe trying a bit too hard to impress, not doing things that I’d normally do, thinking about things maybe a bit too much. You can’t always expect to be at your best straight away.
“When you’ve been away for seven or eight weeks, the pitch feels a bit different when you step back on it for the first time.
“It’s a case of getting your head down, working hard and doing the things that have made you successful before to get back to a level where you can affect matches.
“Gradually, the more games I’ve played and the more minutes I’ve accumulated, my form has improved and I’m getting closer to the levels I was at last season for Southampton. There’s still an improvement to be made but I’m getting there.”