Lal­lana: We have been too com­pla­cent

Adam Lal­lana is in­ter­viewed in Bring the Noise on the ar­rival of Jur­gen Klopp at the club and gives his in­sight into why the team per­form so well in ma­jor games but strug­gle against less-fash­ion­able clubs.

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS - By Raphael Honig­stein

ADAM LAL­LANA blames Liver­pool’s trou­bles in nom­i­nally eas­ier games on the sub­con­scious be­lief that 80 or 90 per cent of ef­fort will suf­fice.

‘It’s a men­tal­ity thing,’ he says. ‘When your men­tal­ity is right, your tac­ti­cal play is go­ing to be bet­ter. The man­ager knows that and it’s not some­thing you can change overnight. But he is em­pha­sis­ing that we need to get that right. As soon as we get it right, we can go on and achieve some­thing really spe­cial.’

Peter Kraw­i­etz, Klopp’s as­sis­tant coach, says: ‘If Adam says that, we’re one step closer to il­lu­mi­na­tion. I think it’s only hu­man to think [about smaller games] that way. Even for jour­nal­ists, I guess.

‘You go to As­ton Villa v Burn­ley, you think, “OK, let’s check it out”. But for Chelsea v Spurs, your pen­cil is sharp­ened. Nev­er­the­less, it must be for­bid­den to think that way as a player. We fight against that. We re­it­er­ate that the same num­ber of points is at stake, re­gard­less of the op­po­si­tion.

‘What we want is a con­sis­tently high en­ergy. Hav­ing the ball and dom­i­nat­ing the rhythm of the game comes with a cer­tain level of in­ten­sity. That’s just how it is.’ ‘A LOT of the time, mainly when he’s an­gry, Klopp says: “I f ****** wish I could speak Ger­man to you,” ’ says Lal­lana also re­veals Klopp of­ten wants to speak Ger­man. Lal­lana, laugh­ing. ‘His English is tremen­dous ac­tu­ally. But it does frus­trate him at times. He can give you a b ********* , he can really praise you. The hugs, they are gen­uine as well. He will tell you when he is happy with you. He will tell you when he is not happy with you. He is just gen­uine, straight up.

‘He can’t hide his emo­tions, can he? He says he can be your friend but not your best friend, be­cause he has those dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions with you at times. He would some­times get frus­trated, telling us that we don’t be­lieve how good we are.’

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