Lallana eager to make his mark

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Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Adam Lallana is determined to “step up” and start scoring for England as he looks to re-establish himself in Roy Hodgson’s side.

The 26-year-old made a £25million move to Liverpool in the summer, having come through the leagues with Southampton to become a Three Lions regular.

A member of the World Cup squad, Lallana missed last month’s meet-up with a knee injury as his time at Anfield got off to an unfortunate start.

The attacking midfielder has flourished since recovering from that issue, though, netting his first Reds goal in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of West Brom.

It was a “special feeling” full of different emotions for Lallana, who is determined to follow that up by breaking his England duck in the upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

“I think I need to make that step up,” he said. “I mean, the type of player I am I have always chipped in with goals throughout my career.

“I feel with England I need to step up and nip in with a fair few of my own, like at club level.

“It is something I want to add to my game and add to what I do when I play for England.”

This week certainly offers Lallana a decent opportunity to do that, with Sunday’s trip to Estonia following a home clash against a San Marino side ranked 208th in the world – joint-bottom with Bhutan.

Those matches also offer the Reds midfielder a chance to re-establish himself as a starter under Hodgson.

A regular in the line-up ahead of the World Cup, Lallana began the first two matches in Brazil from the bench before starting the dead-rubber against Costa Rica.

“Being a fresh season, a fresh campaign, I am always looking to impress in training and for my club now,” Lallana said.

“We have got a lot of talented players. There is always competition for places out there, so I am hungry to do well and impress.”

This is the start of a new chapter for Lallana after ending his 14-year association with Southampton.

Lallana never wanted the move to Liverpool to get “messy” and was upset by “completely false” suggestions he refused to play for the Saints in order to force the deal.

“I didn’t say I’d never play for the club again,” he said.

“Once I knew of Liverpool’s interest, I asked the club if they could come to an agreement and that it would be my wish to leave and join Liverpool. I make no secret of that, I’m an ambitious person.

“I just felt at the age I was at in my career and with Mauricio [Pochettino] leaving as well, it was right time for me to test myself. It was a great opportunity.

“It’s sad and I am disappointed that certain fans feel like that, but I can kind of understand why. They love Southampton, they are Southampton fans.

“I will always love Southampton. I had a great time down there. It’s just one of those things.”

Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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