Connect in the back of the net

With Adam Lallana’s move to Liverpool sealed, I have taken the time out to give my thoughts on a move I have struggled to have a consistent opinion on.

Liverpool are proving that they are not standing still as they have already made three major signings so far this summer, in the form of: Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana. Lallana becomes the third recruit for Liverpool as they look to go the extra mile after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title.

For me, there’s quite a few positives for Lallana being brought in. Despite only two years experience at the highest level, Lallana consistently showed the country what he can do last season, as he played a vital role in Southampton’s progress. Lallana’s ability in possession and overall technique is top notch also.

He’s arguably one of the only English players currently who look so confident with the ball at their feet, or have the ability to work their way out of tight spaces. Besides that, he’s a player who can make the difference when needed. At least he showed that at Southampton…

But can he replicate that at Liverpool? It’s a lingering doubt that I have about Lallana. He’s a player I do feel has the qualities to succeed on Merseyside but if Rodgers is looking to take Liverpool to the next level, I don’t feel Lallana is necessarily the correct man. He may well be once given time to settle into his surroundings, and I really do want to be wrong, but I don’t feel he has enough in his locker currently.

The dreaded price of this deal is the worst factor of the transfer altogether. It’s not up for discussion. The rumoured fee is believed to be between the region of £20-25 million is a scandalous amount for a player of Lallana’s capabilities.

If Liverpool were looking to splash the cash, it should have been spent on genuine quality partnered with Champions League experience. I don’t want to sound too critical of Lallana but there was certainly other players worth looking at for that sort of money.

More to the point, to summarise the transfer: I believe it’s a good deal for all parties. It provides Lallana a platform to excel and progress at a higher level than what Southampton can offer him. It also benefits Liverpool, as they have signed a player that will enhance their overall squad depth and quality, as well as an exciting player who is entering the peak of his career.

I have a few doubts over whether he can propel Liverpool further, but now that he is officially our player he has my full support.

 

Written by Liam Lee

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