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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Lallana is confident of playing major role

Adam Lallana celebrates against Manchester United
Adam Lallana celebrates against Manchester United

Adam Lallana is confident of providing more big moments this season after scoring Liverpool's late leveller at arch rivals Manchester United.

Sunday saw Jurgen Klopp's men fail to win a Premier League match for the first time since March, but it was shaping up to be a whole lot worse thanks to Marcus Rashford's contentious first-half effort at Old Trafford.

But Liverpool dug deep, pushed on and eked out an equaliser, with substitute Lallana ghosting in at the far post to seal a late 1-1 draw.

The 31-year-old's celebrations were an outpouring of relief as much as elation after a frustrating, injury-impacted stint, which may have restricted his game time but not his self-belief.

"I'm delighted," Lallana said. "It's obviously nice to contribute.

"Listen, obviously I feel like I've been fit for a good year now, especially since coming back from pre-season.

"But we're European champions, we've got a top squad, so I've had to be patient for my chance but delighted to come on and make an impact like that.

"It's obviously nice to be able to contribute to a top team like this. I feel that's the first of big moments me for this season."

Lallana made his fourth substitute league appearance of the campaign on Sunday, with his only start to date coming in last month's Carabao Cup triumph at MK Dons.

But Lallana's drive to make an impact at Anfield is undiminished, with the attacking midfielder confident that this can be a big season for him.

"Just because I've not started any of the first nine games, I don't think that means I am not going to play a big part in this team. Football's a funny game.

"It's about just staying fit, staying strong and staying ready. I feel that's where my focus will be."

Lallana certainly showed his class when coming off the bench in the 71st minute at Old Trafford, where he found the net for the first time since scoring against Middlesbrough in May 2017.

The England international was taken aback by that statistic, but there was no such surprise about United being able to produce a performance that belied their recent struggles.

"I think that you guys (in the media) have built it up, haven't you?" Lallana said.

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