Adam Lallana: How Liverpool and Tottenham managers have improved me
The Liverpool midfielder discusses the impact of Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino on his career
Adam Lallana says Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are responsible for bringing more aggression to the Liverpool midfielder’s game.
The England international has established himself as one of the Premier League’s leading players in recent seasons thanks to his prolific form.
Lallana scored nine times in 38 Premier League appearances during Pochettino’s full season in charge at St Mary’s before both manager and player moved to new clubs.
Pochettino took over the reins of Tottenham in May 2014, while Lallana sealed a £25m transfer to Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool a month or so later.
The former Southampton captain struggled to find his feet under the Northern Irishman at Anfield but has come into his own under Rodgers’ successor Klopp.
Lallana has scored three times and has made five assists in 11 Premier League appearances this season before picking up an injury during England duty in November.
Speaking to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, Lallana explained the influence that both Klopp and Pochettino have had on the England international’s career.
“I love intercepting and tackling as much as I do scoring,” Lallana told Sky Sports.
“It’s a mentality thing. [Mauricio] Pochettino and Klopp have both brought that aggression to my game, that bite. They make the hard work enjoyable and that’s what we’ve got in abundance on the pitch at the minute. Everyone wants to work hard on that pitch – that feeling that it hurts.”