Adam Lallana admits he is enjoying his new deeper role in the Liverpool side, with the midfielder having been utilised in the unfamiliar position during the club’s pre-season campaign.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has experimented with the 31-year-old as a deep-lying playmaker during the club’s close-season fixtures, and the England international has admitted that he is enjoying the change, although he is happy to play wherever he is asked.
“It’s nice,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “I found myself playing there a few times this pre-season and I’m happy to play anywhere. I’ve enjoyed it, obviously getting on the ball.
“There are still aspects of the game I need to improve on and I’m sure I’ll learn the more I play there. I’m delighted to get some more minutes and build my fitness.
“[The manager] has mentioned I can play there, that I’ve got the ability to play there. There’s not been any formal chat but I’m happy playing there. I see a lot of the ball and I’m the type of player that wants to be on the ball; I feel I can get us moving, get us out of tight situations and bring a different aspect to Liverpool.
“As long as I can stay fit – and I’ve been working hard on my fitness – then I think I can bring quality to this Liverpool team.”
The midfielder played 60 minutes of Liverpool’s 3-1 friendly victory over Lyon on Wednesday, with manager Jurgen Klopp saying he has been pleased with Lallana’s progress since returning from his latest lay-off.
“He played 60 minutes and we all know he had these few injuries, which step by step we have to get rid of it, it needs to disappear out of your mind. 60 minutes is a good thing after he could train – I think he had 96 or 97 per cent of all sessions he could do during the pre-season, which is exceptional and really good,” said the German.
“Then he could play a lot of games – I think two he was not involved but only for precaution and nothing else.
“Today he looked really fresh, so for him the pre-season was very successful.
“On the position, it depends to the opponent and to the alternative and what you have. In a friendly, you can accept you can lose a ball there, but in a proper match, I am not sure.
“He is a very smart footballer – a very, very smart footballer. He likes it [the position] but it is not his only position now, we don’t say he is a No.6 or nothing. ”