Summer strugglers coming good, says Liverpool newbie

Adam Lallana believes that he, and Liverpool’s other summer signings, will shine over the latter half of the season now they’ve adjusted to life at Anfield.

The Reds have endured a difficult start to the current campaign, with a 4-1 win at Swansea – arguably their most complete performances of 2014/15 so far – placing Brendan Rodgers’ men in eighth spot in the Premier League as the calendar flips over to 2015.

Liverpool narrowly missed out on a first English title for 24 years last season, and the sale of star man Luis Suarez has been credited as the major factor in their drop off.

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The club’s host of summer signings have also been mooted as an issue, with Lallana one of eight new players to arrive on Merseyside in a £100m spend.

Although the Saints man – who netted twice against the Swans last night – has found the adaptation hard, he believes that all of the team’s fresh faces are beginning to get to grips with life in the red shirt:

“It’s been difficult, we’re not going to shy away from that,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“But the lads are slowly settling into the team. Emre Can was brilliant [last night] and I thought Moreno and Manquillo put in really disciplined performances.

“It’s not easy for them coming from abroad, being young and not being able to speak the language. I’m really happy for them as well as the team.

“I never thought it would be easy making the move from Southampton.

“The pressure is different coming to Liverpool and expectation levels were raised after last season.

“Maybe that all came as a bit of a shock to some of the new players but we’ve settled in now. We’re gelling that little bit more as a team.”


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