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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Centurion Adam hails Klopp effect

Liverpool midfielder insists win over Baggies is 'massive'

Adam Lallana talks with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League victory over West Brom Picture: Reuters
Adam Lallana talks with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League victory over West Brom Picture: Reuters

Adam Lallana brought up his Liverpool century yesterday and admitted "time flies when you're having fun".

The 2-1 win over West Brom at Anfield was Lallana's 100th appearance for the Reds, a notable landmark for the former Southampton player.

Having initially struggled for consistency under Brendan Rodgers, the 28-year-old has become a cornerstone of the Jurgen Klopp regime.

The German's all-energy approach has played to the England international's strengths and he is relishing linking up with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

"Time flies when having fun and doing what you love," said Lallana.

"I'm just delighted to be playing in a team that's doing well. When I first joined it was a different manager and lots of different personnel, but football clubs move on.

"Looking at the squad we've got dynamic players, technical players, quick players, clever players...on another day it could have been three or four nil against West Brom.

"We work for each other and we've just got to be consistent.

"But we did enough to get the win and that was the main thing."

Lallana also felt the result against Albion made good on a battling point against rivals Manchester United five days earlier.

"I thought we did well on Monday night and talking among the players we were disappointed not to win," he said.

"So it was important to back that up and, for me, that makes the point on Monday a very good one. Three points is massive for us."

The Reds have now taken 17 of the last 21 on offer and have established themselves among the Premier League pace-setters.

Klopp, meanwhile, insists it takes more than an easy-on-the-eye victory over West Brom to leave him fully satisfied.

The German saw his side dominate the Baggies at Anfield, with man-of-the-match Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane giving the hosts a deserved 2-0 lead at half-time.

But they failed to add to their tally in the second period and a late Gareth McAuley goal resulted in an unexpectedly tense finish.

Three points places the Reds firmly among the Premier League pace-setters but Klopp is not easily contented.

Pleased

"My problem is I don't know when I was last time satisfied, maybe 2012 after we won the double with (Borussia) Dortmund...for five seconds," he said.

"That's a real problem. Being satisfied is nothing I need. I want only to see that we do what we have to do. As long as we do this it's okay, but that's our job."

Klopp's high standards will surely serve his side well as the season progresses but they did not stop him taking any pleasure from a display that could easily have yielded a more handsome result.

"I was pleased with the performance, pleased with the result and nobody was injured," he said.

"It was a really good game from my side. It's what we have to do, that's how life is, you have to use your skills or it is a waste of time.

"But this kind of football is not a guarantee of something, there's different things in different games and you need to be ready all the time. In other games we will be more under pressure and we need a plan for this, the work never stops."

Defeat left Albion three points above the relegation places and manager Tony Pulis, who was frustrated by the club's summer transfer work, is already looking forward to the January window.

"I think it's a better group than what it was when I first came in and next window it's important we improve again," he said.

"We know where we want players and we know where the team needs players. We've got to focus on that and get them in."

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