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Lallana is the key for club and country

Wednesday 11th January 2017
Liverpool travel to St Mary's tonight to face Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup tie, many of the Liverpool starting 11 will be visiting their old club considering the players that Liverpool have purchased from the Saints in recent seasons, however it is Adam Lallana that has been one of the signings of the last few years.

Lallana spent 14 years at Southampton, rising through the divisions and eventually to the top flight of English Football before making the switch to Merseyside in 2014 for a fee of around £25 million that, as a selling club in recent seasons, Southampton accepted gladly.
The 28-year old has returned to his former stomping ground three times since his move to Anfield, however, it has not been more apparent than ever before that Adam Lallana is not the same player who left three seasons ago, he has changed.

He was deemed an ‘average player' and only lasted more than 70 minutes ninetimes in his first 27 appearances under Brendan Rodgers, repeating that stat the next season. But since the vibrant and optimistically energetic Jurgen Klopp took over the realms at Liverpool, Lallana has flourished into one of the best, if not the best, English players plying his trade at the moment.

This season he has started superbly, being involved in a goal every 93 minutes, with seven goals and seven assists already, beating his record for the previous two seasons already, and we're only half way through this season.
Developing superbly under the German manager, I think a quote from Liverpool legend and Sky Sports Pundit Jamie Carragher sums up the England Internationals progression perfectly ‘He's a Brendan Rodgers signing, who we questioned when he first came in, but you could argue over the 12 months Jurgen Klopp has been here, he could be Liverpool's best player.'

His abilities to control the ball perfectly with both feet, his vision to find a pass and late runs into the box, a resemblance of the runs that 211-goal Frank Lampard used to successively execute season after season are the main ingredients to his success this season, firmly cementing his stature as ‘the key to Liverpool's attacking dominance' – again, perfectly described by Carragher.

His impressive and illustrious displays for Liverpool in the Premier League are starting to make me wonder whether he can translate such performances for country, as his quick play that ignites Liverpool's domineering attacking displays seems infectious to his teammates which could possibly provide the spark that our International team desperately desires.

His position change from Centre Midfield to Centre Attacking Midfield, inspired by Klopp cleverly, effectively turning him into the main string-puller in the team, has boasted Lallana as a player this season and directed the limelight firmly and perpetually to shine upon him at the moment prior to his return to Southampton tonight where the Anfield faithful will surely be expecting another commanding performance from Lallana – lets hope he can do it for England in the coming years.
Jack Read
Opinionated Football fan from Manchester. Venting my frustrations via means of Writing online.

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