Lallana: Klopp appreciation ‘a bit over the top’

Date published: Friday 23rd October 2015 11:02

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana has said the reaction to Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool “was a bit over the top”.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager arrived at Anfield a fortnight ago and was met with much jubilation from the Merseyside faithful.

Klopp however, insisted he was not a miracle worker and suggested change would take time and after a goalless draw at Tottenham in his first game, and a 1-1 Europa League draw at home to 10-man Rubin Kazan, that has proved to be the case.

Lallana is in agreement with that and admits successive draws in the new manager’s first two matches have added a dose of realism to the fans’ expectations.

“It was never going to just change overnight,” said Lallana.

“Maybe the reaction to him coming in was a bit over the top but he’s a great manager who has had great success.

“He’s asking people to do different things to what they were used to so it will take a bit of time.

“I think in his first two games you have seen glimpses and moments of the style he wants to play.

“It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m very confident we’re going to succeed under him.

“The fans here demand success here and we want to give them that.”

Klopp was boosted by the return from injury of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino and striker Daniel Sturridge is set to come back into contention for Sunday’s visit of Southampton.

“It was great to have Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino back fit and hopefully Daniel Sturridge won’t be too far away,” added Lallana.

“Looking at the squad, there are definitely goals there. We’re disappointed we didn’t take the three points (against Kazan).

“We created a lot of chances but the ratio of shots on target to off target wasn’t high enough and that probably explains why we couldn’t get the second goal.

“Parts of the performance were bright and encouraging as we got into good areas. We need a bit more ruthlessness from everyone.

“Moving forward there are encouraging signs. Everyone is warming to the manager and how he wants to play.

“There’s lots of hard work and lots of yards to put in to get to where we want to be.

“Jurgen has made it clear that he demands 100 per cent. He wants us to win the ball back as soon as it’s given away.

“Going forward, it’s going to improve.”

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