Adam Lallana sends classy message to Liverpool after Anfield return – Liverpool Echo

Adam Lallana sends classy message to Liverpool after Anfield return – Liverpool Echo

Adam Lallana says Liverpool’s dip in form is only temporary following Brighton & Hove Albion’s win at Anfield.

Lallana’s first return to Anfield since leaving at the end of last season was a happy one as he helped Brighton to a 1-0 win over the Reds, which was his former club’s second successive defeat at home.

The 32-year-old came off the bench for the final 23 minutes of the victory in what was his 16th appearance of an injury-hit season at the Seagulls.

After the game, the midfielder hailed his current side’s performance in the victory, claiming it was close to perfect but it also had something say to his old side.

Lallana paid tribute to Liverpool and Anfield, revealing how much of a privilege it was to be able to return to the place he spent six years at after a 2014 move from Southampton.

He said on Instagram: “To beat the Premier League champions you need a performance that’s close to perfect… the boys did that last night.

“It was a privilege to be back at a place that is so special to me and to see people who will always be family.

“As the saying goes, ‘form is temporary, class is permanent.’

“This Liverpool side is a class act in every respect.”

The message comes after Jurgen Klopp paid an equally-touching tribute to the midfielder in his programme notes ahead of Wednesday’s game.

He said: “I will have to stop myself saying too much on Adam Lallana because I could write a book.

“And I have to be respectful to the fact he is our opponent today… he wants to beat us and we him.

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“But I must mention what a special person he was for us – and in truth remains so. When he left, I described him as a Liverpool legend for his contribution and I read somewhere recently he felt a little embarrassed by that. But he absolutely shouldn’t. It’s a status he has earned and then some.

“Thirty-six Premier League matches a season I look forward to seeing Adam play. There are two when I do not… today is one of those.”

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