Adam Lallana believes missing pre-season has hampered his Liverpool career.
The former Southampton midfielder picked up a nasty knee injury in just his second training session with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Meaning the £25 million recruit was unable to train with his new teammates as they prepared for the season.
But the 26-year old returned to action last week and was back to his best during Saturday’s Merseyside draw.
He said: “After every game I’m feeling more comfortable.
“I just want to keep working hard and I still feel I can improve even more, get better and put in better performances.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but I did miss pre-season. It’s a valuable part of getting the rustiness out. It’s just going to be with game time now.
“Because of the injuries we’ve had, I’ve probably played a lot more than I would have done coming back from injury. But it has been great – that’s what you need as a player.
“I felt great out there, fitness-wise, and it’s just disappointing we couldn’t get the three points.”