These quotes from Adam Lallana are brilliant.
Our midfielder, who’s been a revelation this campaign, has been discussing Liverpool’s on-field, ‘telepathic’ relationship – even though the frontline don’t all speak the same language.
Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are Brazilian so speak Portuguese, with the latter still not speaking great English having only been here a year. Sadio Mane’s English is great in fairness, but when you see all three on the pitch – it’s like they’ve been playing together for years.
Our no.10 Coutinho expresses himself brilliantly on the field, but is a quiet, humble character off it – which in truth – makes us like him more.
Lallana, who’s registered five assists in the Premier League so far, credits this to Jurgen Klopp.
“Whatever he has done different to me, I think he has done to everyone,” Lallana told the Star.
“At Liverpool, everyone speaks the language. It’s clichéd but football has its own language.
“For example, Roberto Firmino doesn’t speak brilliant English – although it’s better English than my Portuguese.
“But I feel like I’ve got that relationship with him on the pitch where you don’t need to be speaking to each other.
“It’s almost telepathic at times when you see Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane linking up they are everywhere.
“That’s not because they speak the same language or they speak English. Phil is very shy, his English is great. He doesn’t speak it too often.
“We just know each other’s games inside out.
“Practice does make perfect and when you know what’s asked of you by your manager and when he demands it you do it.
“That’s what you are seeing at the minute – the results of that hard work.”
Playing in a more central position, Lallana has been outstanding this season. It’s maximised both his ability to press and get forward and link up with the frontline.
Following his first campaign, many fans questioned whether we’d spent wisely to acquire Lallana from Southampton, but the £25m is looking an absolute bargain as he enters his prime at 28.