Liverpool media round-up: Lallana on frank dressing room exchanges, report predicts new spine in August, Milner says best yet to come

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has said that tempers flared during half time of the Reds' League Cup semi-final second leg at Anfield. 

The Reds never really got going in the first half on Tuesday night and their first leg lead was cancelled out by a Marko Arnautovic strike on the stroke of half time, and Lallana said both the players and manager Jurgen Klopp had their say.

He is quoted in the Daily Telegraph, saying: “We knew it. We told each other that we had to be more composed on the ball, to want the ball and play out from the back rather than hitting it long, which we did a few too many times. It wasn’t over the top like it was with Manchester United’s players [at Anfield a few weeks ago].

"We could hear it kicking off from our dressing room. We tried to have a bit more structure but we all knew that we hadn’t been good enough. It got better as the game went on. It wasn’t a pretty game but it was all about getting through.”

The Telegraph article goes on to say there are likely to be many changes in personnel in the squad by the time August comes around, saying there is likely to be a new spine to the team.

However, the hopes of signing Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk in this transfer window are said to be receding as the clubs remain far apart in their respective valuations of the player - but the 26-year-old has expressed his desire to head to Merseyside. 

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has vowed there is a lot more to come from him but feels his decision to swap Manchester City for the Reds has been vindicated following his arrival on a free transfer last summer.

The midfielder is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I still think there is a lot more to come from me here. It is tough changing clubs, I have changed clubs before, played in the Premier League and played a lot of games but it does seem to take time.

“It is a big change, you are playing with different players and everything is new. I don’t think I have hit the levels I want to achieve and I know I can, but I will keep working hard and hopefully my best form will come and the fans will see the best of me.”

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