Liverpool star Adam Lallana has been watching Fabinho and Frenkie de Jong for inspiration as he seems to turn into an choice on the base of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
Though Lallana made his title as a extra superior midfielder, Jurgen Klopp experimented with the 31-year-old within the No.6 function throughout pre-season.
A collection of accidents meant Lallana solely managed 16 appearances for the Reds final time period and the England worldwide understands that he could have to be versatile so as to change into an everyday for Liverpool once more.
Clearly relishing the problem of adapting to a brand new function at Liverpool, Lallana has been finding out Fabinho’s game in coaching as he waits for his likelihood within the first-team.
He has additionally been watching Barcelona wonderkid De Jong beneath Jordan Henderson’s orders.
‘I’m nonetheless ready to get an opportunity there. That could, or could not, come, nevertheless it undoubtedly pursuits me,’ Lallana advised The Times.
‘I find it very stimulating because I get more of the ball than I have ever had in my career before. Sometimes as a No.8 you are making decoy runs, or you are offering and you don’t get the ball.
‘Whereas if you are in the ‘six’ you’re centralised to the play, concerned within the build-up much more. That is what I seen immediately. That’s the place the stimulation comes from — it feels good to be on the ball.
‘I have not gone into it too deeply. Jordan [Henderson] told me I need to watch [Barcelona’s] Frenkie de Jong.
‘The approach he performs it, he type of dribbles just a little bit greater than different sixes would, which clearly brings a little bit of danger however that’s in my game.
‘I do watch the six extra so now than what the eight does as a result of I do know that fairly nicely. What are their actions like?
‘I’ve discovered myself focusing on Fabinho just a little bit in our first video games and he has performed it outstandingly nicely.’
Lallana admits he’s struggled with being on the periphery of Liverpool’s squad however is hopeful of constructing a much bigger influence this season.
‘I feel happy. I feel fit and strong,’ he added.
‘If I want to be part of this team, the best team in Europe, I need to keep improving and developing and that is what I have found difficult over the last two years because I have not been able to show that. I can’t be the identical participant, I want to be higher as a result of the crew is best.
‘I didn’t make the squad for the primary game of the season and that was a little bit of an eye-opener. I didn’t see that occuring. I hadn’t skilled that since I used to be rising up at Southampton.
‘But it’s a 60-game season and I take a look at my final couple of seasons and assume: “Just be patient, be persistent and eventually my chance will come.”
‘If I am fit, I am sure I will contribute in a big way.’