Adam Lallana is looking forward to the 2017/18 campaign and is hoping that with a new season, comes a newfound ability to win some silverware.
Adam Lallana took some time out from preparing for Liverpool’s two pre-season fixtures in Hong Kong this week to answer some questions from teammate-turned-interviewer James Milner on LFCTV.
“I’ve not been to Hong Kong before but I’ve been to Asia before with Liverpool, there’s a tremendous fan base here. It’s been a bit of a mixed bag of weather so far!” said Lallana, evidently looking forward to the matches.
“We’re fortunate enough to go all around the world, different continents, and gather experiences as a footballer. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and the tournament that we’re playing in.”
When asked who he most enjoys sitting next to on a flight, Lallana of course answered quickly, picking his best-mate Jordan Henderson and even naming an alternative for when the skipper is not there!
“I usually sit next to him (Hendo),” said Lallana. “He’s been absent for the last four or five months, so James Milner’s taken his slot and been brilliant while he’s not been there!”
Lallana was also asked about the importance of pre-season overseas tours and how they are integral in helping a squad to bond and grow closer as a unit.
“It’s very useful on a bonding aspect, it’s obviously very busy and our schedule, for a couple of days during this tour is probably not ideal. But in testing conditions, it can definitely bring you closer and make you stronger for the season.”
“Pre-season’s a test. It’s not meant to be easy. I think it can bring the group together in hard times. When you’ve got a big fixture pile up over Christmas, that’s when you look to your mate and you look to help each other out.”
Lallana also hopes to use the pre-season tour as a way of figuring out upcoming Premier League opponents and re-adapting to the league’s standard quickly. The Red’s first fixture of their trip is against Crystal Palace who make the trip to Anfield in game week 2.
“We’ve got Palace second game of the season, so you could look at it both ways, it’s good to have a look at our opponents. They’ve probably been our bogey team at Anfield over the past few years. It’s going to be a difficult game. They’ve got a couple of former players as well so we’ll have to keep an eye on them.”
“There’s always going to be a bit of added spice against another team from the Premier League. It’s a different tempo, maybe playing against people that you know.”
“Premier League games always seem to be that bit quicker and that bit more physical maybe. You always want big tests in pre-season because you want to be in the best shape possible come the first game of the season.”
The final question fielded to the midfielder by his vice-captain was about his ambitions for the coming season on both club and personal level.
“To build on last season, there’s always room to get better, no matter how old you are or how well you played the season before. Competition for places this year is going to be even higher than last season, nobody is guaranteed to play. It’s about time we won some silverware.”
“Since I’ve been at Liverpool I’ve not won a trophy yet. It’s something I definitely want to achieve this season.”