Lallana: Klopp’s flair players must be ‘unselfish’

Date published: Wednesday 28th October 2015 11:06 - Ian Watson

Adam Lallana says Jurgen Klopp has been working with Liverpool’s flair players to encourage them to do the “dirty work” for others.

The England playmaker has started all three of the German’s matches in charge of the club and is competing with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for a place in the team behind the strikers.

Klopp’s famous pressing style means Liverpool’s attacking players must do their fair share of the defending and Lallana admits the manager has demanded that forwards and advanced midfielders are “unselfish”.

He told Liverpool’s website: “The manager has spoken about us making forward runs without the ball.

“Just because we play as a No.10 in that position doesn’t mean you can’t stretch the game or you can’t do some of the dirty work to help other players in the team.

“It’s about helping each other and whether that’s running off the ball or running with the ball, being unselfish, as long as it helps the team that is what the manager is focused on.

“I’m sure the manager would want a bit more time on the training pitch but as a player you want to be playing as much as you can.

“A football career doesn’t last too often so the more games you can fit in the better, and it always means that a game isn’t too far away to put things right and that’s what we are aiming to do.”

The Reds are still searching for their first win under Klopp, with all three games under the German having finished in draws.

The England international says the players have felt the “buzz” from the supporters following Klopp’s arrival and the squad is desperate to maintain the fervour by getting a first win for the new manager.

“We are striving, we really want that first win and I’m sure the manager does as well,” he added.

“We can sense the buzz around Anfield and around the city as well. I think everyone has grasped that and everyone is just working hard to make things right.

“It was disappointing we drew the game against Southampton. Getting the goal and getting our noses in front, it would have been a massive result for us, but it just means we’ve got to strive and keep working harder to get the win we want.

“[Klopp] is a very passionate guy and he breathes energy and it spreads.

“It’s almost contagious and it gets onto the players and the fans, and I’m sure the more goals we get Anfield is going to be rocking.”

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