Adam Lallana comments on Liverpool’s ‘big week'

Liverpool secured back-to-back victories with a 3-1 win over Leicester last night.

Liverpool moved back into the top half of the Premier League table with the victory at the King Power Stadium, and they will be looking to cap their week when they face Sunderland on Saturday.

Goals from Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Lallana himself defeated the 10-man Foxes, and the performance was far improved from that shown in the 1-0 victory over Stoke at the weekend. It represented a perfect turnaround for head coach Brendan Rodgers - who has been coming under increasing pressure in recent weeks - and his belief that the 2-2 draw in Bulgaria with Ludogorets could be the catalyst to kick-start the Reds campaign appears to be coming true.

A run of five matches without success saw Rodgers come under criticism for his team selections, and, although hindered by the injury to Daniel Sturridge and the goalkeeping errors of Simon Mignolet, the Irishman was unwavering in his decision to stick with a fatigued Steven Gerrard and a misfiring Mario Balotelli.

Rickie Lambert has since usurped Balotelli’s place in the starting XI, and Gerrard was left out for the victory over Stoke, before the pair excelled at the King Power Stadium. Gerrard netted the second goal of the game, and, although Lambert looked tired as the game wore on, he held the ball up well and offered a solid attacking outlet.

The result was vital in raising the confidence at Anfield, and proving that the Stoke victory was not a one-off, and Lallana admitted to the official Liverpool website that the game should be considered a ‘huge result’ for the club.

“It was a huge result for us and that's back-to-back wins,” the former Southampton attacker said. “It builds up to the game at the weekend nicely.

“It's a massive result for us. It has been a big week and we want to finish it well; we have got a great chance to get three points against Sunderland. That's what we'll be aiming to do.

“When you are not playing so well, you have got to stick together and grind results out when you are not playing at your best.”

Should the Reds record a victory over Sunderland at the weekend, they could move into sixth place in the Premier League table, just one point off the European qualification places.

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