Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana was delighted by his side’s late winner against Spurs…
Adam Lallana has explained the ‘outpouring of emotion’ that greeted the full-time whistle at Anfield last night, after their late winner from Mario Balotelli secured a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
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Lallana, who set up the Italian for his first Premier League goal for the club, was proud of his side for securing all three points, despite Tottenham twice coming from behind to level the scores.
Lazar Markovic’s early opener was first cancelled out by Harry Kane. Steven Gerrard’s penalty put us back in front, before Mousa Dembele bundled the ball into the net to make it 2-2.
Lallana, who was quoted by Liverpool’s official website, said: “It was a massive win. I think you could tell by the reaction at the final whistle how big a result and three points it was.
“It puts us in a good position now to carry on and to push for the remaining games of the season and hopefully climb up into the top-four positions.
“It does enormous things for your confidence. Tottenham are a different team to the one that we played on the third day of the season. I watched the game against Arsenal and they definitely deserved to win that.
“They are playing with high pressure and it was an end-to-end game tonight. For the neutral it was probably great to watch and fortunately for us, we came up in the last 15 minutes with good character and got the goal.
“Having the right mentality is massive, especially when you’ve got all these games and you play for a big club like Liverpool.”
Summer signing Lallana, who played under Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton last season, also revealed that he was delighted to get one over his former boss.
“I was eager to get on the pitch,” he admitted. “Playing against your old manager is always nice. Tottenham have had a remarkable season and they are in the final of the Capital One Cup.
“I’ve worked with Mauricio and he’s a top, top manager and he’s got the players playing really well.
“It was nice for us to get the three points tonight. It puts us in a great position – one point behind them and hopefully we can kick on.”
Lallana has been in and out of the side recently due to injuries and mixed form, but he if can re-find the excellent form he found around Christmas time, he’ll be a key player for us from now until the end of the season.
The England international has scored four and assisted three so far in the top flight, and recently set himself a target of ten before the end of the season.
Lallana cost £26m in the summer, and although he’s yet to live up to his price-tag, he’s shown glimpses of his undeniable talent – and has the characteristics, both mentally and technically, to be a real Liverpool asset.