Adam Lallana comments on 'very clever' Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has been praised by Liverpool’s summer signing Adam Lallana.

Lallana completed his switch to Anfield over the summer, ending months of transfer speculation to sign for the Premier League runners-up in a £25 million deal.

The start to his career in the North has been stop-start, with an injury suffered on the Reds' pre-season tour of the USA preventing him from making his debut until Liverpool’s fourth Premier League game of the season, and he has managed just one goal in a team struggling for consistency. Signed alongside Southampton teammates Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, the trio were expected to be the catalysts that saw Liverpool win their first ever Premier League title, but, with the club languishing in 11th place after 11 games, manager Brendan Rodgers has been the centre of criticism concerning their signings.

Having already suffered five defeats this season, the Reds look well out of the title race, and the likes of Lallana, Lovren and Mario Balotelli - all signed over the summer - have failed to live up to expectations, whilst Lambert hasn’t even been given the chance to prove himself since his return to Merseyside. Rodgers has taken the blame for his transfer dealings, and two consecutive Premier League losses have seen the calls for his job to increase in volume.

However, Lallana is keen on the former Watford, Reading and Swansea man remaining at Anfield, telling the official Liverpool website that he is a ‘very clever manager’ who is always looking to improve.

The 26-year-old said: “Working for Brendan has been brilliant.

“He's a great manager, he's very hands-on, works very much with the players, and his man-management skills are good.

“He even speaks Spanish to a lot of the lads who can't speak English.

“He's tactically clever and sees things. And he always wants to improve. He's always watching games, looking to tweak things differently.

“He's a very, very clever manager.”

Despite Lallana’s praise of the Northern Irishman, results will need to improve for Rodgers to remain in his job. Despite excelling last season and finishing well above expectations, the club should be looking to achieve more than a mid-table finish, and, if the club’s position has not improved in the new year, the 41-year-old could well be looking for a new job heading into the summer of 2015.

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