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Adam Lallana ready to hit the ground running

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Adam Lallana says he is raring to begin the Premier League season after returning to full fitness, having endured an injury-hit campaign last term.

Lallana, preparing for his fifth season at Anfield, featured in Liverpool’s  4-1 victory against Manchester United in Michigan and believes he will be ready to hit the ground running against West Ham on August 12.

The former Southampton Skipper was limited to only 15 appearances and missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia.

“I have been back fit for four weeks or so,” Lallana told Sky Sports News.

“I trained on my own in the summer, kept ticking over because physically I didn’t really need the break.

“I am just happy to be back fit, feeling good and looking forward to the start of the season.”

The 30-year-old was interviewed about the psychological impact of missing out on the big showpiece in Russia. And responded in a pragmatic manner.

“It is part and parcel of being a professional footballer,” Lallana said. “You will have ups, you will have downs and I just think it is about how you react from it.”

He added: “[I am] just as hungry as I always am!”