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My best form for Liverpool not far away, says Lallana

By Phil Medlicott

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is confident there is plenty more to come from him and the team this term.

Following his summer move from Southampton, England international Lallana had to wait until September 13 to make his competitive debut for his new club due to a knee injury he sustained in pre-season.

He now has 11 appearances and one goal to his name for a Liverpool outfit struggling for consistency so far after the highs of 2013-14.

Second in the table last season, the Reds go into today's away Barclays Premier League game against Newcastle lying seventh.

Lallana admits he is not yet firing on all cylinders individually but is optimistic his "best form is not too far away", and has also emphasised the entire squad's commitment to improving results.

"There's still more to come," he said. "I feel it's going to be a gradual process. There are lots of games coming, so hopefully my best form is not too far away.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy joining Liverpool, but it's an opportunity I am delighted to have. I wouldn't change it for the world.

"I'll always give it my all and work my hardest, whether I'm playing well or not.

"That's an attitude that filters through the squad. It's an honest group here and I can assure you we're working hard in training day in, day out to put it right and get good results."

Two late goals saw Liverpool pull off their first win in three games on Tuesday, a 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Swansea.

And Lallana added: "We're still in all competitions and we haven't been at our best yet.

"We may not have gelled or found the right thing to trigger our performances, but we're still grinding out results when we need to.

"We've been scoring late goals and that shows we keep going until the last minute.

"We've got a fit group of lads and we may not be performing as well as we know we can, but that grit, determination and character is what you need.

"(The Swansea win) has given us a lift. Hopefully it triggers a good performance at the weekend."

Liverpool will once again be without striker Daniel Sturridge for the lunchtime kick-off.

Sturridge was ruled out for two to four weeks earlier this month with a calf problem having only just recovered from a thigh injury sustained on England duty.

Premier League: Newcastle v Liverpool, St James' Park, Today, 12.45pm (BT Sport 1)

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