Adam Lallana says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is asking similar things of him as Mauricio Pochettino did

Adam Lallana

Lallana has been bright since the arrival of Klopp and sees similarities between his current role and that asked of under Pochettino at Southampton.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has said in the Daily Telegraph that manager Jurgen Klopp is starting to get the best out of him, in a way that Mauricio Pochettino did when they were at Southampton.

Klopp has instilled a high work-rate, high pressing game at Anfield since his arrival in October, and Lallana's game seems to have stepped up a level as a result.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the 27-year-old said: “I don’t want to compare managers too much because it’s not fair, but the pressing style is similar to what I was used to. The demand is similar – put in the graft. He understands you will make mistakes and not play so well in a game but if you leave blood and sweat on the pitch for him – that is what he likes most.

“When Mauricio came in at Southampton he said 'this is what I demand from every single player. You cannot carry anyone.’ That’s what the new manager has brought with him here. There is no getting away from the fact in my first season here I did not perform as I would have liked. Injuries were a part of that but that’s not an excuse. We have good stages in our career and stages where you could do better. I’m certainly enjoying my football now.”

Lallana's form under Pochettino at Southampton helped to convince the Reds to splash out £25 million on him - as reported by the BBC at the time - though Liverpool have perhaps yet to see the end product that he showed for the Saints in his final season on the south coast.  

He has yet to find the net since Klopp took charge 10 games ago, but has shown he can work effectively within a unit. His work rate has kicked up a notch, he provided great support to Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the memorable 4-1 win over Manchester City.

Some may question what his exact role is, but he has always looked bright in games, and he is someone that Jurgen Klopp seems to have taken a liking to since his arrival.

There are, of course, improvements to be made, such as his decision making in the final third, while there is always that desire for more goals from attack minded players.

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