SportsWorld: Lallana shares first-person piece on life in Liverpool, Bale reunion

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Adam Lallana’s life has been a bit of a whirlwind for the past year — and beyond, but we digress — and the Liverpool midfielder recently sat down with PST’s Joe Prince-Wright to tell the story of his move from Southampton back to Merseyside.

Oh, and Lallana grew up an Everton supporter. Funny how things work out.

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Lallana also waxes about his time in the Southampton Academy with now superstars Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott, as well as his match against the Welsh star and Real Madrid.

From NBC’s SportsWorld:

For instance, playing against Real Madrid was really a great experience. To be on the same pitch as Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema … it was great. But it was disappointing. I thought we started well, especially in the first leg, but they showed their quality and why they are holders of the competition.

And then to get a chance to play against my old youth team colleague Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu — I never thought that would happen. At that moment, I could only think back to when Bale was 15 or 16, and then to now. It’s remarkable how well he’s done, but he’s grafted and worked hard, and he deserves all of the success he gets. I don’t talk to him too often now — I’ll have a chat with him when we play against each other — but he’s busy. He has a family of his own and it’s a credit to him how well he’s done. I always look forward to seeing him, though.

As usual with SportsWorld, it’s not only well-done but a longer-form look inside the sports figures we see week-in and week-out.