Ending an 8 month goal drought and scoring a last minute winner at Carrow Road has surely given Adam Lallana plenty of confidence for the rest of the season as he revealed the same in his interview after the match against Norwich City on Saturday.
Since his million dollar move to Liverpool from Southampton, the silky two footed player has hardly lived up to the expectations but came up with a superb finish to give Liverpool all three points from the 9 goal thriller against the Canaries.
Lallana scored a late winner with a not so accomplished finish but set off on a lap of honor towards the already celebrating Jurgen Klopp on the touch line.
Talking about his goal and celebrations, Lallana said, “It was just one of those great moments,” Lallana told the ECHO.
“I didn’t connect with the ball brilliantly but as soon as it bounced I knew it was in and I was off.
“My momentum just took me in the direction of the manager. I looked up and he was halfway on the pitch!
“Not scoring has been playing on my mind a little bit. That’s the kind of character I am as I always want to help the team.
“It was worth the wait with those celebrations and being able to get us the three points. It’s one of those moments I’ll never forget.”
The 27 year old was a doubt for the game at Carrow Road and started on the bench on the night. He came in as a substitute in the second half and added impetus to the Liverpool attack.
He was not fully fit for this game and thanked his medical staff for getting his fit for the game and inturn giving him a moment to savor.
“I could easily have been back at Melwood today getting treatment and saving myself for the game against Stoke on Tuesday,” Lallana said.
“I only trained with the squad on Friday and before that I’d spent the week getting treatment.
“Credit to the medical team who are first class. They pushed me to travel, turned me around and got me available.
“Thankfully, I was able to come off the bench and I was involved in a couple of the goals.
“The medical team could have just said rest it now and be ready for Tuesday, but it shows that it’s definitely worth taking risks at times. Today it paid off.”
Sebastien Bassong scored an injury time equalizer before Lallana’s goal and all looked set for a 4-4 draw but the England international snatched a late victory for the visitors giving them three important points on the night.
It was a sucker punch when Bassong scored that brilliant goal to make it 4-4,” he said.
“I asked the ref how long was left and he said we had played four minutes of stoppage time so there was one minute left.
“We went straight down the other end and it dropped nicely for me.
“It was a great finale. It was an epic game and they’re great to be involved in, especially when you come out of it with three points.
“We’ve got a real never-say-die spirit in our squad. That’s something the manager has instilled in us.”
The Reds celebrated this victory with the 2600 fans that travelled to the Carrow Road after the end of the game. Lallana also made sure he thanked the fans after the performance.
“It was great to celebrate with the fans at the end,” Lallana added.
“They were brilliant for us again. The manager said a few weeks after he arrived about ensuring that fans didn’t leave games early.
“They’ll be glad they stayed to the end today because that was a cracker.
“Now we need to recover well and get ready for a massive game on Tuesday.”
Liverpool welcome Stoke City on Tuesday night for the second leg of the Semi final of the League Cup that ended 1-0 in favor of the Reds in the first leg.