Adam Lallana has been linked with a summer move to both Manchester United and Liverpool in recent weeks. But if it does come down to a straight choice between the two sides, the Saints star surely has only one sensible move to make.
David Moyes was believed to be monitoring £50million of south coast talent prior to his dismissal, with Lallana reportedly joined on his wish-list by £30million-rated Luke Shaw.
The Shaw move made sense. With Patrice Evra approaching the end of his current deal and with doubts over whether he would sign an extension, bringing in arguably the best young player in that position in Europe to replace him was a no-brainer.
But Lallana? Perhaps under Moyes; but one senses that if, as expected, Louis van Gaal takes the position, he is going to spend big and make headlines in the process.
Lallana is an outstanding talent, but he is not a “name” and rightly or wrongly, one feels United’s next transfer window is going to be full of high-profile arrivals to alleviate the feelings that followed last summer’s ill-fated bout of window shopping.
But it is not only United’s likely summer spending that Lallana should consider. The 25-year-old should also look at the wonders Brendan Rodgers has worked with a core group of English players.
In Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan, Raheem Sterling and the like, Rodgers has showed that you do not have to be a headline-name to generate headlines.
By moving to Liverpool, Lallana would be joining a club very much on the up, where he would have the opportunity to bed in at his own pace and enjoy the comfort of playing for a side that has built a team out of some unlikely but highly effective components.
Were he to move to United, the pressure would be immediate. He would be instantly regarded as a saviour (if only one of many) and required to justify his price-tag in a way Marouane Fellaini has so far found impossible.
So if it really does come down to a choice between the two, it would be an obvious one…wouldn’t it?