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Liverpool star defends opposition player following manager comments

By Harvey Byrne

Adam Lallana has defended former Southampton team-mate Luke Shaw after comments from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

The 21-year-old full-back suffered a double leg fracture in the last campaign following a challenge from PSV midfielder Hector Herrera in the Champions League.

The defender missed eight months of the season and was the target of comments from Mourinho after the club lost 3-1 against Swansea, which Shaw missed through injury.

“In every sport, many times you play and you are not 100 per cent,” said Mourinho as quoted by the Daily Star.

“To compete, you have to go to the limits. It’s a cultural thing for some, and that’s not my culture.

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“There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for who a little pain can make a difference. For the team you have to do anything.”

Now Lallana, who came through the youth team at Southampton, as Shaw did has defender his former team-mate suggesting that player’s don’t return from a leg break without some difficulty mentally.

“I was with Luke Shaw at Southampton,” said Lallana, as quoted by the Star.

“He’s a very strong boy. He’s had a horrific leg injury. You don’t come back from that without being mentally and physically strong.

“You don’t come back from a leg break like he had without having difficult times mentally on your own.”

Lallana himself has been a revelation under Jurgen Klopp this season and has been pivotal as the Reds sit at the top of the Premier League table.

He could also be reunited at Anfield with Shaw following reports from the Mirror on Sunday.

In other Liverpool news, Joe Gomez delivered a message on Instagram following his comeback.