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Lallana hails Pochettino game plan
In theory, it could hardly have been a tougher trip, away to the Premier League leaders at their Anfield fortress.
Yet Adam Lallana believed the visit to Liverpool had the potential to suit Saints better than many of their other opening five fixtures.
After a solid, if not exactly spectacular, start to the campaign, following games against West Brom, Sunderland, Norwich and West Ham, few would have fancied Mauricio Pochettino’s men to get anything in Merseyside.
However, Saints produced a magnificent performance to stun the Premier League’s early pacesetters on their own turf.
The Reds had been firm favourites to continue their superb start to the campaign, and extend their 12-match unbeaten run, which traced back to their 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s in March.
But Lallana explained how Saints had always been confident that, by pressing them high up the pitch, they could exploit their opponents’ desire to attack and play out of defence.
“Teams like West Ham and Norwich, they’re not easy teams to play against,” he said. “We felt the way Liverpool played we could maybe capitalise and it might suit us a little bit better. We got the ball back in good areas and capitalised.
“We just played a high pressing game and felt we won the ball back in areas where we could affect the game.”
Lallana added: “It’s great to get an away win anywhere in the Premiership, but it’s a special place. I think we thoroughly deserved it. I think everyone will admit to that. We had chances to make it two, three, even in the second half. So it’s credit to the staff, to the players and to everyone involved at the club.
“We worked hard on our game plan all week and I thought we executed it brilliantly.
“It gives you massive confidence. We beat them at home last year and that game was confidence in itself, but coming to Anfield is a different kettle of fish and a different atmosphere and it’s got to give us great belief and confidence for the rest of the season.”
While Artur Boruc had last week reiterated his belief that the team could challenge for a Champions League place this season, the Saints captain was refusing to set any specific goals in the aftermath of their famous win at Anfield.
“We want to improve on last season,” he said. “We just want to go about our business slowly, take each game as it comes. But we’ve set our own standards. We want to be competing with the best and we’ve proved we can. We will just take it a game at a time and see what happens.”
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