Stating that he was always happy to develop new skills, Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has expressed his delight at finally adding the art of invisibility to his game, as showcased last night against Bournemouth at Anfield.
Lallana confirmed that he had been practicing for a long time, and that he had been encouraged by brief if unsustained periods of invisibility last season.
“You always try and improve,” said the former Southampton man. “But it’s easier said than done. I feel like I’ve been making progress for the last while. Going missing in games last season and in training this year. It’s just nice to do it in a game.”
Liverpool defeated newly promoted Bournemouth 1-0 last night at Anfield, with Lallana stating that he was encouraged by his success in evading Bournemouth’s players both on and off the ball.
Commentators and fans alike commented on Lallana’s disappearing act, saying that they’d “totally forgotten he was playing” until the final whistle.
Though pleased during the game, Lallana admitted that it wasn’t until he watched the game back with the squad that he fully realised what he’d achieved.
“I knew I’d done alright but then everyone kept saying, ‘We didn’t see you once out there’. Only then did it hit me.”
Lallana confirmed that he’d been inspired by many of his Liverpool’s teammates, who he believes are a shining example of how to disappear during a match.
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