Adam Lallana will be hoping to make good on his promise to improve next year…
You have to feel sorry for the Liverpool midfielder, whose words were those of a player that has been left bitterly disappointed by his own performances – struggling to live up the huge price tag we paid for him last summer.
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In quotes taken by the Daily Mirror, £25m man Adam Lallana told reporters: “It’s not gone great. It started off with injury and I’ve had another over the last few weeks with a few more in between.
“It’s been quite frustrating if I’m being honest and I haven’t been out on the pitch as much as I’d have liked. Getting injured and missing pre-season I feel played a big part in my recurring injuries.
“It’s a very important part for a footballer to get the basis of the fitness in. But I want to be fully fit for the run-in, we’ve still got an outside chance of making the top four, and that’s something I want to be a part of.
“And obviously the last game of the season is the FA Cup final. I’m looking to come back in next season, get a good basis in with my fitness and kick on from there.”
The former Southampton man will start next season with a point to prove… and he’s not the only one. Here are five players we think could come good for the Reds during the 2015-16 campaign:
5) Lazar Markovic
The young Serbian needs more time to prove what he can do. He’s shown flashes of his enormous potential already – getting the winner against Sunderland and netting against Tottenham – but his chances have been few and far between more recently. His last appearance, against Arsenal, was ended after just 45 minutes – not the first time he’s been taken off at the break – with such an obvious lack of trust unlikely to do his confidence any good.