Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has vowed to improve his performances as he continues to adjust to life at Liverpool following his £25m move from Southampton.
The England international has been disrupted by niggling injuries that saw him miss pre-season for the Reds.
The 26-year-old put in an impressive performance for Liverpool in his first taste of the Merseyside derby but has vowed to improve his level of performance as Liverpool look to find the form of last season.
“After every game I’m feeling more comfortable. I just want to keep working hard and I still feel I can improve even more, get better and put in better performances.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but I did miss pre-season. It’s a valuable part of getting the rustiness out. It’s just going to be with game time now.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodger hailed the former Southampton midfielder for his performance at the weekend.
“I thought he was outstanding. To come into his first derby game and play with that quality and intensity [was impressive].
“And he played the whole game in midweek against Middlesbrough. To deliver that performance was great because it shows me he’s getting fitter and fitter now with each game.
“I thought his performance was outstanding.”
Liverpool now travel to Switzerland as they face FC Basel in their second Champions League game of the group stage. If the former Southampton midfielder can replicate his derby form then it would give Rodgers more attacking options with the Reds accused of being over reliant on 19-year-old Raheem Sterling.
FC Basel meet Liverpool on Wednesday in a 7.45 K.O in what is crucial game for the Reds as they look to build on their opening win against Ludogorets.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.