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Lallana hails Liverpool’s ‘togetherness’ ahead of Bournemouth clash

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana has praised the togetherness of this Reds squad as they make their final preparations before facing Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

Lallana believes that past defeats, such as the Champions League final loss against Real Madrid, have helped to make this Liverpool group stronger as a whole.

“We do things off the pitch together, we fight on the pitch for each other and that’s really what is special,” the England international told liverpoolfc.com.

“We’ve lost together, we’ve lost a Champions League final together, and moments like that make you stronger. It’s a marathon, not a sprint and there are always going to be little hiccups, positive moments, bad moments, injuries, illnesses and suspensions. It’s about coming through it together.

The former Southampton midfielder also discussed the impact the media can have and asserted that Liverpool remain focused and will ignore any external pressures created by others, as the race for the Premier League title hots up.

“Media is a big part of the world – and of course, they have got to have things to talk about – so part of me is not surprised that it [Liverpool’s form] is a talking point from the outside, but there are times during the season – and in lots of walks of life – when we’ve got to block the noise out and come together.

“That togetherness is what keeps you fighting, keeps you focused on what needs to be done and what the important points are. That’s what we’ll be doing going into the weekend’s game.”

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