Brace-hero Lallana delighted by Liverpool improvement

Adam Lallana was the star of the show as Liverpool routed Swansea 4-1, but he has hailed his teammates' contributions.

Liverpool have enjoyed a much-needed productive festive period and a 4-1 win over Swansea was inspired by the excellence of Adam Lallana.

The ex-Southampton midfielder netted twice to add to a goal from Alberto Moreno and a Jonjo Shelvey own-goal and deliver an emphatic victory.

The first goal was something of a fluke as Lallana chased down Lukasz Fabianski, whose attempted clearance bounced off his shoulder and into the net.

But there was no doubt about his second, an angled strike after Philippe Coutinho provided a neat back-heel pass.

"Of late we've picked up our level of performance and the wins have been coming more frequently," Lallana told Liverpool's official website.

"Credit to the manager. He's found a shape which suits the players we have in the squad."

Lallana singled out some colleagues for praise, including Raheem Sterling, who didn't score in the rout.

"Raheem is leading the line brilliantly at the minute and he's sacrificing himself for the team," he insisted. ""He didn't get the goals today, so it was nice that a few other players could get the goals and chip in and help him out. That's what we have to do. It's a team game.

"We're seeing more of a settled Emre Can out there, Lazar [Markovic] has been playing a lot better recently and he's hopefully a lot more comfortable.

"Philippe [Coutinho] was magnificent tonight. Some of the balls he played and his vision is unbelievable. It's a real pleasure to be playing with such good players."

Liverpool have a potentially favourable January in prospect with fixtures against Leicester, Sunderland and Aston Villa and will look to put pressure on the teams above them.

"We've got another winnable game now against Leicester on Thursday," Lallana said.

"So we're picking up a bit of momentum and the performance as well. It's a great chance for us over the Christmas period to pick up points, which can push us up further towards the fourth spot. Hopefully we're seeing a gradual improvement as a team."

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