A new signing in the summer, £23m Adam Lallana has admitted wearing the Liverpool shirt carries a whole different kind of pressure, the Daily
Lallana suffered medial ligament damage in his first training session for the Reds over the summer meaning he had to wait until this month to make his debut for his new club.
The England international has looked rusty in his first few games but having changed the momentum of games during the West Ham defeat and penalty victory over Middlesbrough, there are signs the former Southampton man is finding his feet at the Anfield club.
And Lallana has now explained the feeling of moving to such a big club.
He said: “It is something you can’t quite explain unless you have experienced it. There is that difference when you pull on a Liverpool shirt.
“It (the expectancy) is a great feeling. You can see the relationship they (the fans) have with the players here and that is something I hope to build myself. The best way to overcome the expectation and pressure is to just try and enjoy your football.
“Not for one minute did I think it would be easy, coming to such a big club.
“It’s going to take a bit of adjusting, playing with new players, but I am 100 per cent confident we will be better for it.”
Lallana showed his commitment to the cause during the summer – following his injury the player opted to stay in America and receive his treatment whilst touring with the club still, in order to make the best impression he could, rather than return to the UK early.
And he will be hoping to make that sort of impression on the pitch this weekend as Liverpool take on Everton in the Merseyside derby.
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