Can Liverpool target offer something different for England?

Adam Lallana

Does Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana have the ability to offer England something different in their pursuit of the World Cup?

Adam Lallana's future is still in the balance after the Southampton skipper said that he wants to play Champions League football. 

The 26-year-old was a constant thorn in Premier League defences last season and played a huge role in the Saints' over-achieving 2013-14 campaign, attracting interest from Liverpool in the process.

Since then, Lallana has been drafted into England's World Cup squad and looks set to be a key player for the Three Lions in Brazil.

Lallana's malleability in midfield makes him a versatile player with the ability to carry the ball as well as picking the right pass. The former England U-21 international has the potential to mix things up and offer his country something different. 

England manager Roy Hodgson's consistent 4-2-3-1 formation looks a certainty against Italy in the first game of the group stage in Brazil. With the three-man midfield, Lallana will be able to move between the middle and the flanks, as he will be allowed a floating role. 

A criticism of England teams in recent years has been their lack of cutting edge in the final third; not enough players were picking out key passes to create clear-cut opportunities to score from. Evidently, Hodgson has found the missing link in Lallana, who acts as a mediator between the midfield and the strikers. 

When looking at Lallana's stats from last season, it is easy to see why England will be keen to not only play him, but also utilise his ability to play key attacking passes. 

  TeamPosTotal Fwd Zone Pass / appsApps
Adam Lallana Southampton MF 32.05 38
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 23.03 33
Danny Welbeck Man Utd FW 16.24 25

In comparison to his fellow countrymen, Lallana played almost twice as many forward attacking passes last season. With the Southampton midfielder creating opportunities and wingers such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling running at defenders, England will be an attacking force to be reckoned with.

Fans may be expecting Wayne Rooney to be the man who holds the key to unlocking defences, but don't be surprised if Lallana is given the licence to be the playmaker and carry England's attacks.

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