After an almost wholly injury-free career, the 2014-15 season was something of a disaster for Adam Lallana, with the player seeming always either sidelined by a knock or coming back from one or playing through some niggle or other. The result of it all was clear to see in his struggles to consistently deliver a quality end product.
There were promising moments to be sure, clear signs of class the few times he managed to stay fit longer than a week or two, but on the whole it’s probably fair to say his first season at Liverpool was a disappointing one. After a strong pre-season, though, the midfielder says he feels as good as he ever has, and this time around he’s determined to prove his quality.
"Physically I’m in great shape at the moment, and I've not missed a training session or a game to date," Lallana said. "So I'm massively feeling the benefits of that and I'm looking forward to the season and to really get going. It was a great result for us at the weekend and we need to back it up with another win on Monday night against Bournemouth."
Lallana didn’t manage to shine against Stoke on opening weekend, but few of Liverpool’s outfield players did in a very conservative set-up. His game was further hampered by the presence of Joe Gomez on the left. Gomez, while solid, didn’t provide any real attacking width or impetus, which ended up isolating Lallana in the wider areas where he’s less comfortable.
He’s shown before that he can excel when allowed to play more centrally, and the hope will be that with Stoke in the rearview, he and the rest of Liverpool’s attacking talent will now be put in their best positions to succeed. If that happens, then the hope will be for the goals to start to come, something the midfielder has targeted for the coming season.
"I want to have a good season, do well and add more goals to my game," he said. "I feel if I stay fit and out on the pitch, that’s what I’ll do. I’ve set myself targets, but that’s personal to me [and] I’ll just be looking to contribute as much as I can towards the team and towards a successful campaign."
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