1 Shot on goal: Liverpool debutant disappoints in weekend defeat

Adam Lallana

Former Southampton captain Adam Lallana experienced a tough start to life as a Liverpool player.

Adam Lallana will have been left wishing he could have had more of an impact as he made his Liverpool debut versus Aston Villa on Saturday.

The former Southampton midfielder failed to impose himself on the Villains defence, as Brendan Rodgers side stumbled to a 1-0 defeat. 

The 26-year-old became the target of criticism following this loss, which proved slightly unfair considering his recent lack of first team football. Following his recent recovery from a knee injury he found himself thrown into the action by Rodgers.

It's unlikely that he would have started, had Daniel Sturridge been passed fit, with the striker's injury giving the Liverpool head coach few alternative options. 

Lallana experienced a lively start, but his lack of football in pre-season soon proved evident and his poor match fitness quickly took its toll.

He looked off the pace, drifting out of the match on several occasions. It wasn't a huge surprise to see him pick up an early booking following a rash foul on Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley.

Nonetheless, he can claim Liverpool's closest effort on goal. This resulted from a fantastic spell of build-up play between the former Saints captain and Mario Balotelli; early signs of a potentially dangerous partnership.

The Italian bad-boy set him up for a well-struck half-volley that whistled just wide of Brad Guzan's post. This, however, proved his only attempt on goal.  

His miserable display was capped by a measly 75% pass completion rate, alongside three missed tackles and a failed aerial duel. He did create one scoring opportunity, but this came directly from a corner.

Overall, his efforts in open-play were fairly uninspiring and he in the 60th minute he found himself substituted by Brendan Rodgers. A disappointing start to life at Anfield.

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