Reds midfielder Adam Lallana has stated that his fitness levels have improved simply from training harder.

Lallana was pivotal throughout the second-half of Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur away from home in the Premier League on the weekend. The victory gives Liverpool a 14-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

Lallana did not start the match, but he proved to be a handy option off the bench in the final 30 minutes of the game.

Whether starting or making an appearance late in games, Lallana has been able to stay fit of late, which has been an issue in the past. He believes this is down to training harder.

“So you have to train harder, train stronger and make yourself ready, keep on top of everything, so when you are called upon you can deliver performances like last week [Everton].

“But that’s not just for me, it’s for all the lads and even the kids too. Credit due to everyone.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Adam Lallana of Liverpool and Ruben Vinagre of Wolverhampton Wanderers battle for possession during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on December 29, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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“I just want to contribute as much as possible. At times you’ve got to be patient, and that’s it. I just take it; another good training week, train hard and train strong, look to perform there and hopefully start at the weekend.

“But if not, then I’ll look to perform off the bench and help us get the three points, which is the main thing. We want to tick each game off now.”

With Lallana’s contract expiring come the end of the season, it is likely that he will depart Anfield. However, it would be nice if he stayed.

He may not be a regular in Klopp’s side, but he is a very handy footballer to have at your disposal. He gives everything to the team, and sometimes you need those type of players around.

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