Liverpool midfielder joined for big money in the summer.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has admitted he hasn’t justified his price tag at Anfield since his move last summer.
The England international joined the Merseyside club from Southampton for £25 million and missed much of the season with injury problems.
The attacking midfielder requires a late fitness test, as he looks to avoid missing Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa at Wembley. Lallana has already missed recent fixtures against Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
When speaking to thefa.com about his first season at Liverpool, he admitted: “It’s not gone great.”
He also added: “It’s been quite frustrating if I’m being honest and I haven’t been out on the pitch as much as I’d have liked.”
The 26-year old was hungry to make an impact at Anfield to show the Reds’ faithful what he is all about. He also wanted to repay the faith in manager Brendan Rodgers, who paid big money to make Lallana part of his squad.
“Getting injured and missing pre-season I feel played a big part in my recurring injuries. It’s a very important part for a footballer to get the basis of the fitness in,” Lallana said.
“I want to be fully fit for the run-in”
“But I want to be fully fit for the run-in, we’ve still got an outside chance of making the top four, and that’s something I want to be a part of. And obviously the last game of the season is the FA Cup final.”
Adam was joined in a move to Liverpool by Saints teammates Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren in the same transfer window. The step-up in pressure has also seen these two suffer in form as well.
However, Lallana is optimistic about improving his fitness and, in an ideal world, helping Liverpool secure Champions League football and the FA Cup trophy.