Former Southampton captain Adam Lallana joined the Reds from Southampton this summer in a £25 million deal.
Liverpool were always set for a turbulent summer, with Brendan Rodgers left with the job of revamping the squad following Luis Suarez’s World Cup antics, which saw him receive a four month ban from all football-related activity. However, that didn’t stop him from joining Barcelona later in the summer; a move which put Liverpool in a position to spend, and spend they did.
One signing in particular stands out and could prove to be one of their best pieces of business yet.
Keen to bolster the squad, Rodgers turned to Southampton captain Adam Lallana – a player who caught the eye of many during the previous campaign, putting in some great performances and earning himself a place in the PFA Premier League team of the season.
Lallana is known for his great football, creativity and is no stranger to a goal or two. He scored a total of nine goals for Southampton last season and racked up six assists. He also created 71 chances for his team during the 2013-14 campaign.
His impressive displays did not go unnoticed. He forced his way into the England and found himself sat on the plane to Rio in June, after becoming an important part of Roy Hodgson’s set-up. Good performances attract good clubs – Liverpool were keen, but Tottenham were made early favourites to land the 26-year-old, as former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino was switching to Spurs. It soon became clear that Lallana would be leaving Southampton and his eventual choice was Liverpool.
Array of talents
No matter who you support, everybody loves to see a talented English player doing well. I personally am a big admirer of Lallana; he is capable of leading a team, which is a great addition for Liverpool after losing such an iconic figure in Suarez. He isn’t the captain, he isn’t even the vice-captain, but Liverpool need leaders and Lallana can certainly contribute to that. Responsibility will not be something he shies away from if he is needed to step up.
Gary Neville highlighted this recently while speaking to Sky Sports. He spoke of how Lallana takes on the role of captain, even when he isn’t the captain. How he isn’t afraid to tell the more experienced players where to go or what to do.
Lallana also possesses great energy on the pitch. he has the determination to get in beyond defences, whether utilising his passing ability or great footwork. He demonstrated exactly what he can do when the ball is at his feet when he scored against West Brom. He showed great footwork to beat one player, before playing a lovely timed one-two pass followed by an excellent finish.
When brought on from the bench when England played San Marino during the week, he added speed to England’s attack. I believe he can replicate this when playing for Liverpool, which could lead to a great partnership with Mario Balotelli – a striker who is known for slowing play down. Lallana is a very intelligent player and his movement can be excellent. He can use this to make runs off of Balotelli, or even Sturridge, getting himself into goal-scoring opportunities regularly.
He fits the bill for the type of player that Liverpool fans will adore; a hard working player who can be a leader on the pitch. This will put him in a position to be a great success at Liverpool, under a manager that can surely help him to improve. He has the potential to develop into a leader for both club and country.