Lallana: I was trying too hard to make Liverpool mark

The summer signing had to wait for his debut after suffering an injury during pre-season, and once fit he initially struggled to replicate his Southampton form

Adam Lallana is feeling relaxed as a Liverpool player after admitting he was trying too hard to make his mark at Anfield.

The England international was a big-money recruit from Southampton during the off-season, becoming one of nine summer signings for a figure of €32 million.

Lallana, who missed the start of the campaign due to a knee injury, struggled to adapt early on but the 26-year-old seems to have found his feet under Brendan Rodgers.

“I never thought it was going to be easy coming to a club as big as this,” he told reporters.

“Maybe parts of me wanted to do too well, trying too hard – just a combination of little things. But I’m getting there. I’m feeling more relaxed and a relaxed Adam Lallana on the pitch is when I’m at my best.

“We’re playing a system I feel comfortable in and in the last fortnight we’ve produced some performances, which is massive for us.”

Liverpool have struggled to replicate last season’s title-chasing exploits, but Lallana has paid tribute to manager Brendan Rodgers and his desire to continually improve the side.

“I’ve been impressed by the way the manager has been looking for different solutions,” he added.

“He’s looking for the system to suit the personnel we’ve got and over the last couple of games I think we’ve found it and that’s credit to him.”

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