Adam Lallana believes Liverpool’s thrilling win over Arsenal has set the “benchmark” for their season – but admits there is still a lot to work on.
The Reds were 4-3 victors at the Emirates Stadium to get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start, with their four goals coming in a devastating 18-minute spell.
Theo Walcott gave Arsenal the lead just 69 seconds after seeing a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet, with Liverpool drawing level on the stroke of half-time courtesy of a sublime Philippe Coutinho free-kick.
The visitors ran rampant after the interval as Lallana put them in front, Coutinho added a third and new-boy Sadio Mane thrashed home a fourth.
Arsenal responded and hit back through substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Calum Chambers but Liverpool held on to take three points – with Lallana aware that it was not a perfect afternoon in north London for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“At 4-1 we maybe got a bit complacent, a bit over the top,” the England international told Liverpool’s official website.
“We were soon back down to earth when it was 4-3. I was on the bench in the last 10 minutes and it was unbearable to watch at times. But we have a benchmark now and we can assess it and look at things we need to improve on.
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“The manager will do that, for sure. He won’t be entirely happy with the performance – there’ll definitely be things we need to work on. We’ve got a full week’s training now to prepare for Burnley.”
Lallana praised Coutinho’s stunning equaliser and does not think anyone else will be on free-kick duty for Liverpool any time soon.
“A great bit of magic from Phil gave us that belief and confidence going into half-time,” he said.
“That was massive for us and we came out in the second half like we were possessed, it was brilliant.
“Phil again came up trumps with the free-kick. We were working on them a couple of days ago – there’s just no chance anyone is getting anywhere near a free-kick.
“But we all want him to have them because he can produce that, and I think that’s the best I’ve ever seen him score. It was further out than usual and it was right in the top corner, the keeper had no chance.”