Adam Lallana has followed in the footsteps of Jurgen Klopp by outlining Chelsea’s approach to leading the Premier League as something Liverpool must match.
Game management has been something regularly called into question of late and Lallana has hailed the experience within Antonio Conte’s side as a key factor.
“You can see they have a lot of experience and that they are used to winning. They know how to win games even when not at their best. You don’t have to always win by scoring five or six,” the midfielder told the Liverpool Echo.
“Maybe that’s an area we need to improve on. We maybe need to realise how good we are at times.”
“Milly (James Milner) is probably the only one in our group who has that type of experience because it only comes from winning silverware like he did at Manchester City.”
“Myself and the other players haven’t won titles or loads of cups so we need to learn from him and listen to him because that type of experience is vital.”
“We need to learn and get back to winning ways in the league as soon as possible.”
A less emphatic style of play is something this team must be capable of producing when things go wrong, as they are right now.
Taking a more defensive approach would be a difficult thing for these players to fulfil at the moment given the desperate need for goals but it is certainly something that needs to be improved.
It was never going to be a 6-1 win over Watford at Anfield every week and winning by slim margins is something this team is required to do as Jurgen Klopp’s reign progresses.
Lallana’s words pose as a reminder of how inexperienced this team is when it comes to winning silverware and how this has contributed to our recent downfall.
Chelsea are setting the bar this season, not only with their game strategy but with the way they have constructed their squad.