Adam Lallana says he was shocked not to be in Liverpool matchday squad

Adam Lallana of Liverpool is seen in the stands during the International Friendly match between Croatia and Brazil at Anfield on June 3, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool midfielder believes in his own ability.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Adam Lallana of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Geneve on July 31, 2019 in Geneva,...

For a player who has featured so irregularly over the past two seasons, Adam Lallana is a big believer in his own ability.

The Liverpool midfielder is confident he can still have a big impact for the Reds is he is given an opportunity.

The problem is, chances have been hard to come by this season.

 

He has played only four minutes of Premier League football, in the win over Arsenal.

Lallana did not make the match day squad of 18 for the Premier League opener against Norwich City.

The former Southampton midfielder said this was a decision which left him stunned.

He told The Times: "If I want to be part of this team, the best team in Europe, I need to keep improving and developing and that is what I have found difficult over the last two years because I have not been able to show that. I can’t be the same player, I need to be better because the team is better.

“I didn’t make the squad for the first game of the season and that was a bit of an eye-opener. I didn’t see that happening. I hadn’t experienced that since I was growing up at Southampton.

“But it is a 60-game season and I look at my last couple of seasons and think: ‘Just be patient, be persistent and eventually my chance will come.’ If I am fit, I am sure I will contribute in a big way.”

Adam Lallana (L) of Liverpool vies for the ball with Oleksandr Zinchenko (R) of Manchester City during the International Champions Cup at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on...

Lallana had come off the bench a week earlier for an 11 minute cameo against Manchester City in the Community Shield.

Since the Norwich game, he has been on the bench in all three games, but has only come on once, for four minutes.

With no starts, the Liverpool midfielder is staying patient, but he must now be aware that not even his spot on the bench should be taken for granted.

This might even make him work harder to stay in Jurgen Klopp's plans and push forward for his opportunity.

Adam Lallana of Liverpool battles with Ashley Westwood of Burnley during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on March 10, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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