Liverpool star Adam Lallana highly critical of his first season at Anfield

The former Southampton star knows he can do a lot better than he has this season, fitness permitting.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers spent big in the summer, bringing in the likes of Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli and Alberto Moreno among others. He also snapped up Adam Lallana from Southampton.

The talented midfield playmaker cost a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £25 million.

But he has struggled to meet the high expectations fans at Anfield had of him after his excellent performances at Southampton.

He has played 24 times in the league this season but has struggled for his best form, mainly due a long list of small but disruptive injuries.

He told the official Liverpool website today:

"It's been really frustrating. I never really got going and there was no consistency in my form.

"We've had a couple of tough spells as a team this season but when you have hard times together, you come out of it in a better place and I believe that will happen here.

"All the new players are going to be better for the experiences of this season. The pressure is always on at a club like Liverpool and everyone has seen that this year.

"It will be a big pre-season for me to ensure I get fit and stay fit. We need a much better start to next season.

"I'm desperate to do well here and contribute as much as I can."

Lallana may have had his troubles this term but there has been some flashes of brilliance from the player.

Now he is bedded in to the club ethos and finally over his move from his beloved Southampton fans will want to see the 26-year-old pushing on next season and finally starting to live up to the price that Liverpool paid for him last summer.

Then again, you can say that about most of their recruits from 2014.

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