The 26-year-old attacking midfielder impressed this season with the Saints and earned an England call up along with 19-year-old Raheem Sterling. Lallana is reportedly set to undergo a medical with the Reds ahead of a proposed £25 million move to Anfield but how does he compare to his young compatriot?
Lallana scored 9 goals and made 6 assists for Southampton across 38 appearances in the Premier League last term whilst Sterling also scored 9 goals, making 5 assists across 33 appearances for Liverpool.
Lallana averaged 1.8 shots per game to Sterling’s 1.4 on average but Sterling was far more efficient in front of goal with 48.9% of his shots hitting the target to Lallana’s 41.4%.
Lallana achieved a pass completion rate of 84.6% to Sterling’s 81.6% and the pair won a very close number of their duels with Sterling just edging ahead winning 53% of his duels to Lallana’s 52%.
Whilst Lallana was arguably the more productive and efficient with his passing, Sterling was undoubtedly the more dangerous in possession of the ball – the youngster completed an average of 2.8 dribbles per game to Lallana’s 1.8 per game and was dispossessed less often, twice on average to Lallana’s 2.4 times per game.
Overall, the Reds’ starlet, some seven years Lallana’s junior is undoubtedly the more dynamic when in possession and more ambitious with a dangerous ability to run at the opposition to good effect. Lallana demonstrates more precision with his passing and is very slightly ahead of Sterling in terms of creating chances for teammates but I think, in the long run, Sterling will undoubtedly surpass Lallana’s current level as he matures and develops.