Adam Lallana jokes that he was “careful” when he played with the youngsters from Liverpool against Everton
Adam Lallana jokes that it felt like he was ‘babysitting’ while playing alongside Liverpool’s young FA Cup heroes in derby and winning Everton
- Liverpool defeated rivals Everton 1-0 with a youthful side in the third round of the FA Cup
- The starting XI of the Reds contained young people such as 16-year-old Harvey Elliott
- They embarrassed their Merseyside neighbors, who had a strong team
- Adam Lallana played a key role and joked that he was “babysitting” on young talents
Adam Lallana was on “babysitter” in Liverpool’s Everton FA Cup humiliation, because the older Anfield-side statesman in their Merseyside derby victory claims that winning is an “addiction” that even the youngest Reds possess.
The Englishman was one of only three players over 25 in the starting XI, alongside 16-year-old Harvey Elliott and 18-year-old Curtis Jones – who scored the stunner that separated the sides.
Despite recording veterans Adrian (33) and James Milner (34), Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to reach an average age of 24 years at night.
Adam Lallana joked that he was “babysitting” in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over rivals Everton
The midfielder was an older statesman surrounded by young people such as Harvey Elliott
Lallana played despite a lack of minutes and led the youngsters to an impressive victory
Lallana is now one of the experienced players of the Reds, with almost six years with Anfield under his belt.
The 31-year-old midfielder has seen little Premier League-action this season, but played an important role in helping the youngsters set the unbeaten Liverpool home record to 2020.
“I was almost careful there sometimes, but we came in this game with the message: expect to win,” Lallana said.
Curtis Jones, 18, shone with an outsanding finish in the top corner that won the competition
“I don’t care about the average age of the team, we expected to win this. I know how good the young boys are, they train with us every day and it’s just about breeding that winning mentality and culture that we have here.
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“There were no surprises that we won the win today. “
Lallana watched as Divock Origi resigned to Jones, who bent a curved shot into the top corner after 71 minutes, leaving Jordan Pickford sprawling behind.
The Reds have built themselves up over the years with an incredible team, and despite their heroism these little stars will have to do something very special to break into the first team of the world champion.
Lallana only earned 283 minutes of Premier League football in this period, playing seven replacement games. Earlier this season, he scored a tough equalizer against hated rivals Manchester United and is highly respected in Anfield.
Despite his lack of minutes, the midfielder – whose contract ends in the summer – believes he is in good shape to fight for a starting point on Klopp’s side.
“I am one of the oldest, but also one of the strongest, I felt that I could continue.”
Lallana may not get too many Premier League minutes now, but he is well respected at Anfield