Lallana breaks his duck as Pool battle to victory
LIVERPOOL midfielder Adam Lallana admits it would have been a long international break without a confidence-enhancing win over West Brom.
The £23million summer signing from Southampton opened his account for the Reds with a well-worked goal having combined with Jordan Henderson, who grabbed the winner after Saido Berahino had converted a second-half penalty.
It ended a run of three league matches without a win and Liverpool's first three points since August 31 against Tottenham - sending the players away to play for their countries with a bit more of a spring in their step.
"It is huge because it is two weeks and if you get an indifferent result and are dwelling on it it can last forever," said the England international. "We know it was a poor team result in Basel (Liverpool lost 1-0 in their second Champions League outing) but three days later we got another game and we used that to our advantage, took it and got three points."
The 26-year-old has had a frustrating start to his Liverpool career after a knee injury in pre-season sidelined him for more than a month.
"I think a lot of my feelings were represented in my celebration," he added. "It was a proud moment with a bit of relief as it's always nice to get off the mark.
"I got nine in the league last season so it would be nice to get double figures, especially when Studge (Daniel Sturridge) is out injured we have to chip in and get goals.If we do that we will find ourselves winning a lot more games."
In his last couple of games, Lallana is starting to show the quick feet and Brendan Rodgers believes will help knit together the midfield and forward line.
"I thought he was very good. His intensity and work-rate was exceptional and he showed his quality," said the Reds boss.
Rodgers also reserved praise for Henderson. "We flipped the midfield triangle about, which gives Jordan more licence to go into the corridor. He is one of the few players in the country who can really dominate without the ball with his running capacity and Saturday was about trying to get him forward that bit more."