It’s been a frustrating first season at Liverpool for Adam Lallana. After starting the campaign on the sidelines with an injury picked up during pre-season, the £25m summer signing from Southampton struggled to make the early impact he would have been craving.
The comprehensive Liverpool transfer list – rating 46 players linked with the Reds
Five things we learned from Liverpool’s win over Queens Park Rangers, including Lallana analysis
Liverpool transfer news
A couple of further knocks during the season have further held him back, with yesterday’s win over Queens Park Rangers representing his first start for the Reds since early March.
Thankfully, the 26-year-old turned in a highly impressive performance, arguably one of his best since his move. He caused Rangers constant problems with his pace and movement, while the decision to play him alongside former Saints teammate Rickie Lambert also proved beneficial.
Now, Lallana is targeting an extended run in the side – encompassing the final three games of our season – to ensure that he ends the campaign on top and is ready to fire come next season.
Speaking to our official website after yesterday’s game, he said: “There’s definitely more for me to give next season. I’ll be looking to be out on the pitch more consistently because it’s been difficult for me to get 100 per cent into my rhythm this year, from being on the pitch and then off it.
“We’re disappointed with how this week has gone, especially the Hull game. We played well in the second half at West Brom, but we felt that we were unlucky not to get the breaks to get the goal, but against Hull we were disappointing.
“We’ve just got to take it one game at a time. We’ll go to Chelsea and look to get a positive result down there. It will be difficult, but we’ll go there with confidence hoping to cause an upset.
“We keep going to the end – that’s the character of the lads. QPR made it difficult for us today – they probably made it quite scrappy the way they play, which is quite direct, up to the front.
“We could have been better in spells and moved the ball a bit quicker, but we’re delighted to get the three points – that’s all that counts.”