Liverpool appear to have signed the ultimate utility man ahead of next season in the form of midfielder Adam Lallana.
The 26-year-old completed a £25 million switch to Anfield yesterday in a positive move for both the player and the club.
The question, which will now be at the front of Brendan Rodgers’ mind will be where to play Lallana in the side next season.
WhoScored shows that Lallana featured in seven different positions for Southampton last season across the midfield and further forward down each side of the attack.
He made more appearances as a straight up midfielder with ten on each flank and ten through the middle as a playmaker for the Saints.
Those three positions are most likely where Rodgers is going to use him once the Premier League and Champions League campaigns get under way.
The Reds have cover on the right hand side through Raheem Sterling and it would be a major surprise if the England star didn’t start on the right flank.
He has the versatility to come inside and be effective in a central role, which would allow Lallana to take care of the right hand side, but that seems unlikely considering Sterling’s form over the second half of last season.
Liverpool are also well stocked in terms of central midfield with Jordan Henderson, Lucas, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho all capable of playing central midfield roles.
What Liverpool don’t have is someone to take care of their left hand side and that’s most likely where Lallana will start unless Rodgers signs a top quality winger to fill that position.
If he does start down the left then he was productive in that position for the Saints last season with one goal and two assists.
However, his best position would seemingly be in behind the main striker or pulling the strings slightly deeper in the middle of the team.
He scored more goals from a central position than any other role in Southampton’s team last season, which means for Lallana to be at his best Gerrard has to stay in a deeper role and Coutinho has to play wider.