Adam Lallana explains Jurgen Klopp embrace after Liverpool's Tottenham draw

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana has explained his embrace with new manager Jurgen Klopp after he was substituted in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Southampton captain was visibly improved against Spurs, as Klopp's first game in charge of the five-time European champions ended with a creditable point at White Hart Lane.

Lallana was quick to adapt to Klopp's preferred method of high intensity pressing, and the German's maiden Premier League game ended with his charges becoming the first team to out-run Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs.

The Reds out-worked Spurs by 1.2km at White Hart Lane, and the formative stages of Klopp's famous 'Geggenpressing' style was evident throughout, with Lallana's stamina a feature of the gameplan.

The England midfielder was eventually replaced by Joe Allen in the final 10 minutes, and a warm embrace with Klopp at the end seemed to hint at a player who had run himself into the ground for the Liverpool cause in north London.

Speaking about the incident, Lallana told Sky Sports how Klopp has helped re-energise a squad that was low on confidence in the dying embers of Brendan Rodgers' reign.

Lallana said: “I didn’t quite fall into him [when I was brought off], I was expecting him to shake hands and he put his arms around me and it looked as if I fell into him. I really like a manager that does that and it just shows how he operates.

“It felt like we were all in tandem and working for each other [against Spurs], not that we weren’t before, because you always want your team to do well. He has his tactics and we implemented it on the day.

“He said to us that when we go to run to win the ball back we make sure we do it properly and 100 per cent.

“It’s no secret that his teams have played like that. His Dortmund team played like that. It might seem simple but to get everyone playing like that is what makes him such a good manager, so hopefully we can develop into a top, top team.”

Lallana comes up against his former side Southampton on Sunday, and the England midfielder, who was impressive in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, could line up alongside teammate Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge is yet to feature under Klopp after picking up a knee injury in a collision with Jordon Ibe in training, but the ex-Chelsea man might feature against the Saints.

Dejan Lovren has also returned to training, but Klopp is expected to stick with Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel as his central defensive pairing, but Christian Benteke, who returned from injury on Thursday, could start.

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