Sometimes, a year can make a world of difference. This time a year ago, Jürgen Klopp had only just arrived at Liverpool. This time a year ago, many felt fairly certain Adam Lallana didn’t have a long term future at the club given his struggles to live up to his £25M pricetag under the management of Brendan Rodgers.
Now, Lallana is one of the first names on the teamsheet and the man who sets the tempo of the press in midfield. Now, he appears to hold a role similar to the one Dirk Kuyt did for Rafa Benitez during the club’s challenge in 2008-09. Lallana, though, doesn’t think what’s happened to him is unique amongst Liverpool players.
"Whatever he has done different to me, I think he has done to everyone,” said the hard working midfielder, who was speaking to reporters at the England camp as the Tree Lions prepare to face Scotland on Firday. "It isn't just myself. As a team we are performing to a high level.
"I am enjoying working with him, I feel I have really good relationship with him and that he trusts me. I trust him as well and when you have that connection, he can say stuff to you that you don't want to hear and it doesn't feel negative or personal. It's always just business-related and wanting to win."
Under Rodgers, the hard work was always there but the end product—both when it came to goals and assists as well as simply meaningful moment to moment results all over the pitch from that hard work—wasn’t. This season, it has been, and to prove it he has three goals and five assists in 12 appearances.
Along with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, and Sadio Mané, he’s one of the key players in a fluid attacking quartet that lead the Premier League in changes created and goals scored. Lallana may not be able to pinpoint the precise change Klopp is responsible for, but that there has been a change is clear.
"Confidence is a thing that you can't just switch on and off,” he added. "When you have confidence, it's important to take advantage and use it as much as you can. I have that confidence just now and I want to take it on to the international stage."