ADAM LALLANA has revealed he had to GOOGLE Jurgen Klopp when the German became Liverpool boss in 2015.
The midfielder was worried about his future, having struggled in his last year under Brendan Rodgers.
Adam Lallana was in the dark about Jurgen Klopp’s tactics but found out online and then built up a ‘good connection’ with the Liverpool bossPA
Lallana left Anfield for Prem rivals Brighton in July 2020Getty
But the 34-year-old was excited once he found out.
In The Anfield Wrap’s new docu-series JURGEN, Lallana says: “I remember typing his name into Google and seeing what type of football he liked.
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“Because obviously, I had a tough first year and I was looking to kick on in my Liverpool career.
“I remember it saying ‘he likes Gegenpressing’ and I was like ‘what’s Gegenpressing?’.
“You look at it and it was almost like a form of counter-pressing and running, and I thought, ‘Cor, that’s the type of football I like playing’.”
Klopp has since helped Liverpool win both the Champions League and Premier League, although last season’s runners-up are out of the title race this term, sitting 11 points behind leaders Arsenal.
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And Lallana believes the 55-year-old’s man-management was a major factor in turning his own Anfield fortunes around.
Describing his “good connection with Jurgen” he said: “I’d been to see him a couple of times because I still felt like I wasn’t performing as well as I could’ve done.
“He kind of just told me to relax, goals will come, better performances will come.
“Just building rapport, connection, emotional football, which is what he wants.
“He thrives off and wants his team to play with emotion. There’s no better way than setting the example as a manager which is what he did day in, day out.”