Lallana: Liverpool move increased confidence with England

Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana has revealed that making the move to Anfield over the summer has allowed him to feel more comfortable around the England national team setup, Sky Sports has reported.

The 26-year-old received his first call-up in November 2013 after a succession of strong performances for Southampton, and has been part of every England squad since including at the World Cup, where he became a key member of the side as one of the three men playing behind lone striker Daniel Sturridge.

He left Southampton to join Liverpool for £25m in July, and the high-pressure environment of an elite English club has allowed him to feel more confident whenever an international break comes around.

“When I joined up for the first time (with England), it was a huge thing,’ he told the Daily Mirror. ‘You get all the emotion, nervous. You get a bit intimidated, but that soon goes after you have met a few times.

“Maybe it was different for me, too, as I hadn’t played in the Premier League for long. But now, playing for Liverpool, I know a lot of the lads and I feel much more comfortable. Perhaps there’s more responsibility as a Liverpool player, especially when you get younger lads stepping up in the position I was a few years ago.

“The big reason why I jumped at the opportunity to join Liverpool was because I knew they were in the Champions League. Playing at places like the Bernabeu. It’s incredible to be on the same pitch as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Just being at Liverpool, the expectation is there at a bigger club, so you are expected to play better more consistently.’

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