What a season Adam Lallana has had. The British midfielder has cemented his place as one of the Premier League’s most impressive young footballers (he’s 25-years-old, does that count as young in the footballing world?) and has started to break into the England international side (he’s picked up 3 caps).
For Southampton, he’s been displaying his wit and verve on the ball on an almost weekly basis now. He’s made 40 appearances and has found the back of the net 10 times. Not bad for a central midfielder, eh?
Indeed, given how well he’s done, it’s perhaps unsurprising that he has started to pick up links to Liverpool. After all, The Reds have had a rather miraculous season of their own. Sure, the Chelsea result has knocked some sheen off of their achievements this year, but Brendan Rodgers and co. still deserve a hearty round of applause.
As it happens, The Mirror claims that Lallana ‘has a heart set on a move to Anfield’. They suggest that he’s not all that intrigued by Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s interest as he’s too busy batting his eyelids at Liverpool. They cap off the article by suggesting that Southampton would be willing to sanction a sale if The Reds were to offer £20m.
First things first: £20m would be a bargain for a player like Adam Lallana. That’s how much The Reds spent on Jordan Henderson back in the Kenny Dalglish days. Henderson’s only just starting to come good, but I think it’s fair to say that Lallana already surpasses him.
Yes, Adam Lallana looks like the epitome of a one club man (he’s been at St Mary’s since 2006 and has made 263 appearances), but I can’t help but wonder if he’d fancy a move to a club that is so clearly going places. What’s more, I’m sure he’ll look at Liverpool and see a club that likes to play football the way he does: fast, direct and full of technical expression.
Whether this is enough to secure a deal remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure: if the player would really favour Liverpool over their title rivals, then he’s certainly worth pursuing.
What’s your take? Would Adam Lallana be a smart addition to The Reds squad?
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