Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has explained how to deal with pressure at Anfield.
Liverpool star Adam Lallana says the pressure and expectancy of playing for the club is something difficult to explain to anyone who hasn’t experienced it.
The England midfielder made a £25 million move to Anfield in the summer from Southampton but has struggled to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ first team plans on a consistent basis.
Lallana is wary of the pressure involved for anyone playing for the club but has admitted he’s hoping to use it to his advantage.
“It is something you can’t quite explain unless you have experienced it. There is that difference when you pull on a Liverpool shirt,” he’s quoted by the Mail.
“It (the expectancy) is a great feeling. You can see the relationship they (the fans) have with the players here and that is something I hope to build myself. The best way to overcome the expectation and pressure is to just try and enjoy your football.”
Steven Gerrard is a key figure for any star trying to settle into the heart of the team while Jordan Henderson is the very example of a player who has turned his form around after a start where he was initially criticised and at one point told he could leave.
Lallana is spot on that the only way to deal with the pressure is to try and turn it into something positive, using it to his advantage in big games where the stakes are extremely high.
It will get easier for him as he gets more chances to play but at the moment the players ahead of him in the pecking order aren’t making mistakes so he’s got to be patient.
“Not for one minute did I think it would be easy, coming to such a big club. You have to work twice as hard and that’s what I am doing. I’m sure the other signings are as well.”
He could make himself an instant Kop hero with a good performance this lunchtime.