After completing a medical with Liverpool on Monday, Adam Lallana put pen to paper and became the second transfer signing for club manager Brendan Rodgers from Southampton this offseason. Being acquired for £25m, The Saints get the money they need to further develop their 1st team squad while Liverpool get a top level talent to further bolster theirs. Lallana becomes the third transfer to Liverpool this offseason after the signings of Rickie Lambert (also from Southampton) and Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.
In what should prove to be an interesting summer at Anfield with all the on-going rumors of a Luis Suárez departure on a transfer, the latest of which have included Barcelona, these signings will hope to provide the depth the club will need to absorb the loss of the Premier League’s top goal scorer of the 2013-14 season. Not to mention that if the sale of Suárez, who is currently on a 4 month ban of all FIFA related football, does happen, the club just might be opening their pocket books again as they will likely pull in a nice amount of cash on the deal.
But what we do know to this point is that Liverpool has acquired a top level midfielder who is coming off three appearances with one feature in the 2104 World Cup for England. With the disappointing departure from the group stage, Liverpool pounced and finally got the man they intended following a runner-up finish to Manchester City last season and an up-coming berth to the Champions League. Rodgers told liverpoolfc.com of the deal, “We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the Premier League’s top talents in signing Adam Lallana. What is apparent about Adam is that his character is on a par with his talent.”
While Southampton had quite the talent level of their own last season with the likes of Jay Rodriguez, now fellow squad-member Lambert at Liverpool and Manchester United’s recent signing Luke Shaw, Lallana will see a bit of an increase of talent in his new supporting cast. Fellow Englishman Raheem Sterling (43) was the only PL player last season to complete more take-ons in the final third of the pitch than Lallana (42) and now the two will be combining their talents. Lallana also brings with him the ability to create chances for his squad-mates, creating a total of 68 last season. And with Liverpool’s top level scoring ability with forwards Suárez (considering he remains with the club) and yet another fellow countryman Daniel Sturridge, these chances created have great potential to turn into goals.
As Rodgers believes that Lallana is a perfect fit for his squad, the same will be true for fake squads alike. A top level talent joining a club that already has existing top level talent only means a great situation for Lallana to succeed. The chances will be there and with Rodgers intent on helping him to further develop, Lallana easily becomes a player to keep an eye on over his tenure at Liverpool.
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