Adam Lallana revealed that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson called a team-meeting ahead of their clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, in an attempt to halt their alarming form.
After making an excellent start to the season, Liverpool suffered a potentially disastrous run of results at the turn of the year, picking up just three points from their five Premier League games in 2017. Subsequently their title hopes were left in tatters, with last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Hull City also bringing into question their place in the top four.
However Jurgen Klopp’s men produced a much-needed performance on Saturday evening, as they beat Spurs 2-0 at Anfield; just their second win this year. A first half Sadio Mane brace secured the result for the Reds, but it could’ve been a larger margin of victory, such was their dominance.
Speaking after the game though, Lallana revealed that a team-meeting called by Henderson played a huge role in their display, as they look to get their season back on track.
“It was the team captain who got us together, but it wasn’t just him who spoke,” the 28-year-old said (via the Mirror). “Everybody spoke and it was refreshing. We came out of it with an ‘Us against the world’ attitude. I came out of it knowing that everyone was intent on turning things around as quickly as possible.
“Every now and again, it doesn’t hurt to utter some home truths as long as it is not personal, just purely professional. There is no harm in reminding each other of what we need to do and what we want from each other. It doesn’t hurt to hear a few home truths.
“Yes, we are in a difficult place and at times it feels like it is us against the world when things aren’t going well. That showed today. Credit to Jordan for calling the meeting, credit to everyone for participating, and credit to everyone for performing like they did today.”
Lallana has scored seven goals and created 28 chances in 23 Premier League appearances this term, with a shot accuracy of 63%, as Liverpool sit fourth on 49 points, 11 behind leaders Chelsea.
Next up for them is an away clash at Leicester City in two weeks’ time, before taking on Arsenal at Anfield.