Adam Lallana cites Jurgen Klopp’s desire as vital to Liverpool’s late heroics at Norwich City
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Match-winner Adam Lallana believes manager Jurgen Klopp's will to win played a major part in Liverpool's chaotic success at Carrow Road.
The England midfielder came off the bench in the second half shortly after Jordan Henderson had made the score 3-2 and within minutes crossed for Roberto Firmino to equalise.
He then snatched all three points in the fifth minute of added time with an awkward shot which bounced agonisingly into the Norwich net.
'I know Jurgen said the first couple of weeks he was here (for fans) not to leave games early, especially at Anfield and also away as well, so it was good they stayed until the end because they would have missed a cracker,' Lallana said.
'I remember asking the ref how long's left after they scored and he said four gone, so there was a minute left, so it must have been the last minute when the goal went in and it was just one of those moments, one of those games you won't forget.'
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The 27-year-old was so caught up in the moment that when he and Milner appeared on live television straight after the game, they had to double check what the final score had been.
His late strike sparked wild celebrations, as he took off his shirt and leaped into the arms of Klopp, who had sprinted on to the pitch as his emotions got the better of him.
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Lallana was booked and his boss ended up with broken glasses, but Lallana said it was worth it.
'It's just one of those moments where I knew the ball was there and I couldn't connect with it brilliantly but as soon as it took the bounce I knew it was in and I was off,' the former Southampton star continued.
'I think my momentum just took me that way and he (Klopp) was halfway on the pitch, it was a great moment, one moment that I'm sure will stay with the lads and myself for sure but we need to recover well, we've got a massive game Tuesday.'
The Reds host Stoke City in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tomorrow night, with a 1-0 lead from the first leg thanks to a Jordan Ibe goal at the Britannia Stadium earlier this month.
Brazilian midfielder Lucas believes the win in Norwich will give his team huge confidence for the rest of the season.
'The manager just said we had to find a way to win. We did it. Of course, it's not the best way to win a game but maybe it was what we needed,' he told his club's website.
'We need to improve a lot but the passion, determination and belief is there. Hopefully, we'll improve in things we're not doing so well now and then move on.
'If we can score five goals and defend set-pieces especially a little bit better, we would be winning games more comfortably. It's better to win the game but we know we have to improve. But it will give us a lot of belief. On Tuesday we have a very big game, a semi-final and a chance to go to Wembley. We will do everything we can to get there.'