Jurgen Klopp reveals 'nobody was happy' with Adam Lallana's first Liverpool season
The Reds attacker has been a key component in Liverpool's performances this season but things could have gone differently at Anfield for the former Southampton man.
Ahead of tonight's EFL Cup semi-final against Lallana's previous club, Liverpool boss Klopp has revealed that the England midfielder's first season on Merseyside did not go to plan.
"In the first year here, I'm not sure how long exactly because I wasn't here, I heard nobody was really happy about his performances and especially himself probably, from what I know of him," Klopp told the club's official website.
"So it's clear he needed this kind of step back to make the next step in the right direction. He left the comfort zone, if you want."
However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is more than pleased with Lallana's contribution this season as the vibrant forward has scored seven goals and provided seven assists in the Premier League.
"With his quality, I can imagine everybody at Southampton thought he could be the player for the next 10 to 15 years to build a team around. That is how it is.
"But actually I'm really happy he decided differently and wanted to see something else and wanted another challenge and experience.
"He has made outstanding, big steps from an already high level, that is not always expected, and you cannot be sure he would have done the same at Southampton. Sometimes different circumstances help you with this."
Liverpool take on the Saints at St Mary's in a 7.45pm kick-off, a tie in which Philippe Coutinho could make his long awaited return to the Reds squad.
Klopp's team then travel to Manchester for a crunch clash with Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on Sunday at 4.00pm.