Adam Lallana believes Liverpool’s resurgence this season is down to the tactical nous of manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Reds have lost just one league game since the Northern Irishman changed the system to a 3-4-3 on December 14 – the first game against Manchester United at Old Trafford – and in that time have moved to within two points of the top four, and four points behind second placed Manchester City.
“He is a very good manager and great to work with,” Lallana said.
“Tactically, he’s very clever. He changes things. At half-time against Swansea, we changed a couple of things and it seemed to have an immediate impact on the game because we didn’t see much of the ball in the first half.
“That was a big call from him and it proved to be a success because we went on and got the win. He has done that on a few occasions this year.
“It’s a team effort – everyone has combined, everyone is pulling their weight and it is showing with the success we’re having on the pitch.”
Lallana has played a number of different positions under Rodgers this season, and started Monday’s 1-0 win at Swansea in a right wing back role.
The £24million summer signing says he is happy to fill in anywhere however.
“Once you’re in the thick of the game and up to the pace, it’s not that difficult changing position,” he told talkSPORT.
“It’s probably more difficult if you start in a different position. The pace of the game in the first half an hour is probably where the game is at its highest speed.
“But I’ve enjoyed the experience of different positions. It’s a system that allows players to be versatile. It is the same with Raheem, he has played four or five different positions in it as well. That’s one of the strengths of the formation we have been playing.”
It’s a great call from Rodgers to be able to see the game and design a strategy to overcome the shortfall. I just hope the boys are able to pick up their game in the first half and cause mayhem for the man u.