Grading Liverpool's £25m capture of Adam Lallana - luxury or necessity?

Liverpool finally agreed a deal to sign Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana this week - but how good is the move from a Reds point of view?

Lallana enjoyed a superb season with Southampton, becoming one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League and earning a call-up to the England World Cup squad in the process. Yet with any move, there are of course plenty of positives and negatives for such a move. How does Liverpool's move to sign Lallana grade out?


Lallana is one the most impressive English players around at the moment, and he joins some familiar faces from international duty, with Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge all at Anfield. With skill and guile in possession, Lallana offers something different to the frenetic pace of Sterling and Sturridge in attack, and it poses yet another problem for opposing defences who will hope to keep Liverpool's attack quiet. Able to play out wide or as a central attacking midfielder, Lallana can be used in a number of ways, and it's a great addition for Liverpool to land one of the top talents in the Premier League despite interest from other clubs - particularly having been pursuing an attacking midfielder for over a year.


£25m is a lot of money to spend on someone who is already 26. Lallana is often classed as a youngster given how long it has taken him to reach the top of his game, and whilst some reports suggest it's more likely to be £16m plus £9m in add-ons, Liverpool are banking on Lallana being the finished article right now, which he should be. There is also the question over whether Lallana will start every game given that he's likely to be competing with Philippe Coutinho in midfield - who had a good campaign last season. If he's merely competition for places, then the £25m outlay once again looks huge, when the Reds really need to strengthen their defence.

Grade: B-

Lallana is a top player who should've featured more for England at the World Cup, and he will surely continue to impress at Liverpool. Few could complain that he's a talented player and a good addition to the Liverpool squad, but the question marks come over the transfer fee paid by Liverpool and Lallana's age. Additionally, having both Lallana and Coutinho vying for one spot seems like a waste of one of them, and time will tell which one features more under Brendan Rodgers this season.

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