£25m star on remarkable Anfield atmosphere

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana said that the atmosphere at Anfield was incredible during Liverpool's match against Ludogorets in the Champions League.

Adam Lallana has praised the Liverpool support during his Champions League debut with the club. 

Lallana started against Ludogorets in midweek and he has described the atmosphere at Anfield as 'remarkable'.

In the game the Reds stumbled across the finish line to beat the Bulgarian minnows 2-1, but their mediocre performance clearly didn't have any negative impact on the noise levels in the stadium.

"Against a team people were expecting us to beat, after 60/70 minutes the fans were still right behind us. It gives you that extra bit of belief that might have helped us go on to get that goal at the end," Lallana said to the club's official site.

"There are going to be no easy games in the Champions League, and that was shown the other night."

"It's a huge difference, a huge step-up, and it's something I was really proud of. It was a first appearance in the Champions League for a lot of the players, so on that note it was important for us to get the win. It gives us extra belief."

"The atmosphere at Anfield in the Champions League was quite remarkable and something I can't wait to experience again."

Anfield is famed for its European nights, but it has been five years since it has last witnessed a Champions League match. 

Liverpool's return to the competition was a little underwhelming, but the side will have been pleased to get the three points even if they had to do it the hard way.

Mario Balotelli had appeared to have grabbed the three points for Liverpool when he scored a late goal, but Ludogorets hit back in the 90th minute to make it 1-1.

It then seemed that Brendan Rodgers men were going to be on the wrong end of a shock result, but some inexplicable defending allowed Steven Gerrard to seal the points from the penalty spot.

It was a big win for the side, who are yet to reach the heights they did last year.

Lallana joined the club this summer and was expected to be part of the squad who helped them consolidate their place in the top four, but their form hasn't been up to scratch so far.

Defeats against Aston Villa and Manchester City have led to question marks being asked already and the responsibility will fall on the players' shoulders to prove their doubters wrong.

Lallana is likely to be key in this. He has had his progress on Merseyside thwarted because of injury, but he is fully-fit again now and will be looking to prove that he was worth the £25 million outlay that the Reds spent on him as the season progresses. 

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