Adam Lallana was recently named England’s player of the year having moulded into one of the most talented attacking midfielders in this country.
His rise to stardom hasn’t come without any problems though with the Liverpool playmaker having suffered from a heart murmur at the age of 18.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, he said: “It was frustrating at the time. I didn’t really have any symptoms, it was just the heart-rate monitors that we wore revealed I was spiking at irregular beats. That could have become a serious issue, but luckily it wasn’t. I was very young at the time and probably didn’t really understand the severity of it.”
“I’m grateful to have come through that and had the issue addressed, and I’ve not looked back since. Your health is a massive part of being a footballer; nowadays we have the echo scans and everything like that, which the doctor sorts out.”
“I learned a lot from my own issue being so young. I didn’t play for four or five months. I felt well enough to play and didn’t see the issue, but now I fully understand why.”
His incredible fitness levels are seemingly fuelled by the healthy condition he has kept himself in since this issue at the beginning of his career. This perhaps explains why he pays so much attention to his work rate and why he is capable of producing so much energy.
Lallana’s effort can never be faulted and he has made it very visible through his attitude towards the game and his approach that he knows what a privileged position he is in.
The midfielder has progressed to become one of the most important players for both club and country and has finally seen his talent rewarded.