PHOTO: Liverpool's £23m signing winning his first trophy four years ago

Adam Lallana

Doesn't new Liverpool signing Adam Lallana look different?

Adam Lallana clinched his £23 million signing for Liverpool yesterday, charting his impressive rise to challenging for top honours in English football.

He has achieved trophies already of course, via promotion wins, but can also count one Wembley win on his CV.

This came back in 2010, when he helped a then League One Southampton side to win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Carlisle United.

Lallana was magnificent that day, scored his side's first two goals in a 4-1 victory, and can be pictured celebrating on the occasion above.

The man-of-the match that day was a certain Rickie Lambert, with who he helped catapult the Saints up the football ladder and achieve an eighth placed finish last season in the Premier League.

Lallana is certainly grateful for his time at the Saints but at 26 believes it was time to move on, telling Liverpool's official website: "To think, five or six years ago, I was playing in League One. But it's a reality that we've climbed up the leagues and done so well. I'd like to think I'm here on merit, I think I've earned it."

He may not have seized his chance at the World Cup for England this summer, but in truth nobody did, and Liverpool fans will not need reminding of the managerial input Brendan Rodgers will bring as opposed to Roy Hodgson.

Lallana is a changed man since his Wembley win four years ago in 2010, and will be determined to revisit the stadium next summer with his new club, and hopefully achieve the same result.

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