Tough start will make us better, says Liverpool newbie

Adam Lallana believes that Liverpool’s underwhelming start to the season will actually make them a stronger team.

The Reds made it three losses from their opening five Premier League fixtures last weekend with a 3-1 defeat at West Ham, which followed a woeful showing at home to Aston Villa the previous week.

In between times Brendan Rodgers men huffed and puffed to a narrow 2-1 Champions League win over Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad, while needing penalties to beat Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup.

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With over £100m spent on a host of players – Lallana included – and the loss of Luis Suarez over the summer, it was always likely to be a difficult opening few months to the campaign, and the ex-Southampton man believes that the problems will actually make his new side stronger in the long run:

“Not for one minute did I think it would be easy coming to join such a big club,” he told The Guardian.

“You have to work twice as hard. It’s going to take a bit of adjusting with new players but I am 100 per cent confident we will be better for it.

“We have got an excellent manager and a good, grounded group of lads. We have had a bit of a tough spell but that brings everyone together.

He added: “There have been references to getting back to last season’s form. That is what is expected of us. There’s been a lot of changes … but we don’t want to keep making excuses. It’s not right.”

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