Adam Lallana returned to pre-season training today and has wasted no time in giving his first interview with LFCTV ahead of the 2017/18.
Adam Lallana is finally able to get over his footballing “withdrawal symptoms” this week as he returned to pre-season training on Tuesday.
The Englishman arrived at Melwood alongside teammate Philippe Coutinho as the pair made up one of the last returning waves of players with just Emre Can of Liverpool’s first-team regulars left to return.
The No.20 has been putting in the hard yards in the final days of his summer break and believes it’ll put him in good stead when the Reds pre-season fixtures – starting tomorrow – come around.
“I’ve had a great summer. It’s always nice to relax with your family and recharge the batteries,” Lallana told Liverpoolfc.com.
“But I’m more than ready to come back now. You get withdrawal symptoms! I’ve slotted back into club life as normal. Everyone ticks over in the summer – it’s important. We’re given a programme and it’s important you stay ahead of the game as much as you can.
“The levels nowadays are always rising and people always want to improve and be better. We have our own tests when we come back to Melwood, to see how fit we are and our lactate levels. I thought it was important, as I’m sure every player has done to tick over during the break.”
It’s likely that the two domestic friendlies scheduled for this week – Tranmere on Wednesday, Wigan on Friday – will come too early for Lallana but the Englishman is certainly pumped and raring to go ahead of the new season.
“If the lactate levels say we (himself and Coutinho) are OK – which I’m sure we are – then hopefully we can maybe get a bit of game time on Friday. I’m not sure what the manager is thinking,” he said.
“But definitely when we are in Hong Kong we’ll be out on the pitch.”
Lallana may not have been away from football for too long but the short break certainly seems to have revitalised his love for the game.
“It’s always a bit strange – you go from spending every day with your teammates and then you don’t see them for six or seven weeks,” the Englishman added.
“It’s nice to be back with them and get working hard and get fit. The season is not too long away already.
“Pre-season is what it is. As professional athletes playing at this level, you need to be fit. You’ve got to trust the boss and trust the fitness team to tell us what we’ve got to do to get in the best shape possible.”
Lallana was put through his paces on Tuesday, participating in the rigorous fitness tests that his previously returned teammates already underwent last Wednesday and on Saturday.
The Englishman was not alone, however, undertaking the tasks with Philippe Coutinho who Lallana “can’t wait” to get back out on the pitch alongside.
“Phil and I did it together. He did brilliantly. He’s in great shape. I can’t wait to see the Little Magician back on the pitch again.”