'He may feel appreciated by Klopp and established at Anfield but the £25m midfielder, one of five Liverpool players in England’s provisional 26-man squad for the European Championship, still finds it possible to get on the wrong side of his manager.
“He was screaming at me during the Chelsea game last week but he screams so much on the day of a game you’ve got to take it with a pinch of salt,” Lallana says. “You definitely can’t take it personally; that’s just him. He was shouting at me to be more compact against Chelsea. The worst thing you can do in that situation is gesture ‘What do you mean?’ or dismiss it. The best thing is to just
your head even if you don’t understand what he’s saying.
“I made the mistake of saying I couldn’t hear him away at Leicester and that didn’t help but after the game he will always explain he was just trying to help you. He is a great character to have around. I really like the way he is and I think his traits bring the best out of a lot of players. He doesn’t get too angry. He’s more disappointed that we haven’t shown our best. He is emotional and aggressive in his demands but he doesn’t get that angry after a game. He is very structured in what he says.”
Klopp and Lallana are next-door neighbours in Formby, where the Liverpool manager has taken up residence in Rodgers’ former home. A little awkward, surely? “It is nice actually,” Lallana says. “He has got a nice family, nice kids and I see him walking the dogs. One time I was taking my little boy up for a bath and when we got to the landing we saw him [Klopp] taking out the bins so I put my lad on the balcony and he was shouting, ‘Klopp, Klopp’ and giving it the fist-pump celebration. He just looked at him and gave him a wave.”