Adam Lallana praised Liverpool’s medical staff for getting him over a slight injury in order to play – and score a late winner – against Norwich.
The England midfielder sustained the blow during the loss to Manchester United, but came off the substitutes’ bench at Carrow Road to net the decisive strike in the Reds’ 5-4 win.
Lallana was grateful to make the intervention, rather than remain on Merseyside in anticipation of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Stoke. Liverpool hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg.
“I had a bit of a knock after the United game,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
“Not just credit to the manager, but credit to the medical team as well.
“They could easily have said to stay at Melwood and recover for Tuesday, especially with the amount of injuries we’ve got at the minute.
“Sometimes in football the risks pay off; plenty don’t, but plenty do. I think that risk possibly won us the game.”
Sebastien Bassong thought he had earned Norwich a point, but Liverpool, who had come from 3-1 down to lead 4-3, responded through Lallana to take all three.
The former Southampton captain, who broke manager Jurgen Klopp’s glasses in celebrating the strike, said:
“It was a great feeling. I’m sure the celebrations summed it up.
“I think the whole squad, everyone involved, was on the pitch. I’ll take a booking for that one.
“(After) their goal in the 94th minute I remember asking the ref ‘how long left?’ and he said ‘one minute’.
“The next thing I knew the whistle had gone and we had all three points.
“It was a great game to be involved in and one you won’t forget too quickly.”