Adam Lallana: Middlesbrough win close to a complete performance from Liverpool

Adam Lallana: Middlesbrough win close to a complete performance from Liverpool

Adam Lallana fired a warning to Liverpool's Premier League rivals after they returned to form in style with a blistering 3-0 win at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

Lallana scored two goals and laid on the other for Divock Origi as Jurgen Klopp's men shrugged off their recent dip in form with a stunning display that had rival boss Aitor Karanka purring.

Adam Lallana: Middlesbrough win close to a complete performance from Liverpool

But the former Southampton star believes his side are capable of further improvement as they head towards Monday night's derby clash with Everton.

Lallana told Liverpool's official website: "It was not too far off the complete performance - but the manager has already quickly said to us that there are things we can improve on.

"At times we can maybe get a little bit carried away and all of us maybe want to attack at times when we need to protect a bit more.

"We trust what the manager says so I'm sure over the next few days we'll have a look at the performance, recover well and get ready for Everton on Monday night."

The visitors' performance was all the more impressive for the continued absence of playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who has been out since injuring his ankle against Sunderland last month.

And Lallana believes his eventual return will give his side even greater hope of hauling back the six-point gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

"Any team is going to miss Philippe - he is one of the best players in the world," added Lallana. "We're still learning to play without Philippe. But the sooner we can have him back, the better."

Boro's thoughts switched immediately to Saturday's potentially crucial relegation scrap with Swansea at the Riverside Stadium after a game which highlighted their shortcomings.

Both Karanka and captain Ben Gibson admitted they could have no complaints about the result but insisted Saturday's showdown will carry even more importance.

Gibson told his club's official website: "We have to learn the harsh lesson, take it on board, remember it and improve on it and we have a huge game coming our way this weekend.

"We know from the Championship that you have got to beat the teams around you and if you can't beat them, don't lose to them.

"It's something we've learned over the last two Championship campaigns and it's no different this year - we've really got to compete and pick up points against these teams.

"Obviously if you can take points from Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool it's a bonus. But it's those games like Swansea that are going to be the big ones."

Karanka confirmed he could face another injury setback on Saturday after defender Calum Chambers left the pitch at the end of the game with an apparent shoulder injury.

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