Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana thinks the Reds are increasingly a reflection of manager Jurgen Klopp. The 49-year-old German was appointed Liverpool boss in October 2015 and Lallana has admitted that "long hours" on the training ground are finally starting to bear fruit.
The Anfield club currently sit top of the Premier League table and have already played some thrilling football this season. Lallana, 28, said their marked improvement in recent months shows that Klopp's methods are working.
"Your manager represents the team and almost brings the identity to what he wants the team to do, how he wants it to act and play," the Liverpool midfielder explained, according to The Guardian. "It has shown over the last year at Liverpool, where we have gradually become what he wants us to be. It doesn't happen overnight. It's a work in progress.
"It's been down to long hours training, preseason and three sessions a day, repetitive drills where he drums in what he wants us to do. Practice does make perfect and, when you know what's asked of you by your manager, you do it. That's what you are seeing at the minute: that hard work pays off."
By contrast, Lallana confessed the England national team are still searching for their own identity, having been dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland and the abrupt departure of Sam Allardyce. The midfielder is preparing to face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday (11 November) and said it is up to the England players to "overcome" their recent struggles.
"For quite a few years now we've not done brilliantly at major tournaments, so it's up to us to maybe find an identity with the national team. Whether it's the mental side of the game at tournaments that we're struggling to cope with, we need to overcome that," said Lallana, who has impressed for Liverpool this season.
"By good hard work I think we can do that. Confidence doesn't come overnight. The Iceland game at Euro 2016 hurt and damaged us but, under Sam and now under Gareth [Southgate], we're gradually starting to rebuild. The Scotland game is another big stepping stone."