Adam Lallana on Jurgen Klopp’s frustration at Liverpool – and why the party never stops

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Adam Lallana has lifted the lid on life under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool – and revealed how not even defeat stops the party.

Lallana, who is closing on a return after three months out with a thigh injury, has been one of the mainstays of the Reds first team since Klopp’s arrival in October 2015.

The German has made a positive impact at Anfield, leading Liverpool to the League Cup and Europa League finals in his debut season and then to Champions League qualification in his first full campaign.

And an example of Klopp’s upbeat nature came at the club Christmas party last year in Spain, which was scheduled after Liverpool had suffered a dramatic 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth.

“When we landed in Barcelona, music came on in the plane and he got on the microphone,” said Lallana. “He was like: ‘Listen, lads. If we can party when we win, we can party when we f****** lose.’

“So everyone got off the plane thinking: ‘You are right, it is the time to party. Let’s party. Let’s have a drink.’ Which just shows: there is more to life than football. Yeah, we did our best; we lost.

“And yeah, it feels s*** to lose, but there is more to that. The older you get, I think the more it hurts, but the quicker you get over it.”

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Lallana was interviewed for the new book Klopp: Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein.

And he also spoke of how the language barrier has at times proven a barrier for the Liverpool boss.

“A lot of the time, mainly when he’s angry, Klopp says: ‘I f****** wish I could speak German to you,’” adds Lallana. “His English is tremendous, actually. I understand whatever he needs and wants to say. But it does frustrate him at times… He can give you a b******ing, he can really praise you. The hugs, they are really genuine as well.

“He will tell you when he is happy with you. He will tell you when he is not happy with you. He is just genuine, straight-up.

“He can’t hide his emotions, can he? If he wants to say something he will end up saying it. He says he can be your friend, but not your best friend, because he has to have those difficult conversations with you at times. He would sometimes get frustrated, telling us that we don’t believe how good we are.”

Klopp: Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein is published by Yellow Jersey on November 16, priced £12.99

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