sport news Liverpool's Adam Lallana: I've banished the dark days

Adam Lallana is overjoyed to have banished the dark days and insisted he has returned stronger after being mentally tested by a horrific thigh injury.

The England international made his first start in the Premier League since May on New Year’s Day and his performance in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Burnley was described, simply, by Jurgen Klopp as being “outstanding”.

Lallana, typically, was one of Liverpool’s strongest runners and covered almost 12 kilometres during the 87 minutes he was on the pitch. The fact he was still going strong towards the end was confirmation that his fitness issues were behind him.

Adam Lallana is happy to have banished the dark days and insisted he has returned stronger

Adam Lallana is happy to have banished the dark days and insisted he has returned stronger

He made his first start since returning in the win at Burnley, and was described as 'outstanding'

He made his first start since returning in the win at Burnley, and was described as 'outstanding'

Those issues began in August when he ruptured his left thigh, a problem that required him to wear a protective brace for more than a month, while a couple of niggling issues in November also held him back but now the 28-year-old is ready to start afresh in 2018.

‘It tests different parts of you mentally,’ said Lallana. ‘But I feel that I have learned so much from being injured, different parts of the game. I have come back strong. I had a couple of little setbacks, a minor blister and then a tight muscle but that is what happens.

‘Maybe it is credit to

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