Adam Lallana: My best position for Liverpool is in the centre

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana has commented on his position in the Liverpool side.

The former Southampton midfielder has not enjoyed a promising start on Merseyside, with an injury limiting his impact in the side upon his arrival.

Since recovering form injury, he was brought into a side struggling for form, and commonly found himself on the substitutes bench. However, he has enjoyed something of a rejuvenation in recent weeks, and since scoring in the Reds 3-1 victory over Leicester the 26-year-old is on his best run in the first-team - registering two assists in consecutive games against Bournemouth and Arsenal.

He now has 11 Premier League fixtures under his belt this term, frequently appearing on the left wing as an attacking outlet. Whilst his performances have been steadily improving, Lallana himself has admitted that he will not be playing to his full potential until he is played in his favoured position - the centre of the pitch.

“I do think a central role is where I am best,” the England international told the Liverpool Echo. “It’s where I played most of my football last season.

“I can play a variety of roles but I do enjoy playing that position.

“I’m able to influence games more when I’m playing inside. I can get on the ball and twist and turn.”

Unfortunately for Lallana, the central role at Anfield is taken by Reds wonderkid Raheem Sterling, who himself plays his best football through the centre of the pitch - leaving Lallana to make just one appearance in his favoured position. It has been head coach Brendan Rodgers’ inability to decide upon his best formation that has been partly the reason for the Reds limitations this term, and Lallana has confirmed that he is now capable of playing a run of full games so any absences are purely down to tactical decisions.

He continued: “I think I’m fit enough. I worked hard with the fitness coach on my way back from the knee injury.

“I am more than capable of playing the full 90 minutes and I’ve shown that in the past couple of matches.

“For whatever reasons, in certain games, for tactical reasons I’ve come off. The manager has a job to do and I respect whatever decisions he makes. I’ve just enjoyed coming back into the team and getting a run of games.”

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