Adam Lallana's revelation means he could be competing with Sterling

Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert

The Liverpool midfielder, signed for £25 million this summer, admits he prefers playing centrally - but that would mean directly competing with Raheem Sterling.

A shy Adam Lallana looked a little nervous during a Warrior Q + A on Liverpool's official website.

When asked by team-mate Rickie Lambert what his favourite position is, he hesitated and replied: "Depends, really, in what type of system. I'll play anywhere really."

But, when pushed, Lallana laughed and admitted: "Centrally."

That might not have been the ideal answer boss Brendan Rodgers would have hoped for, however.

As Lallana initially said, he is happy to play anywhere - but the 26-year-old is at his most creative down the middle.

Certainly, the former Southampton man could be deployed in central midfield - but his slight frame means he won't be as influential as the likes of Steven Gerrard or Jordan Henderson. Indeed, the same problems seem to befall Philippe Coutinho when playing from deep.

Lallana's favourite and most effective position, then, would surely be the no.10 role. But that sees him compete directly with Raheem Sterling and, barring a quite night against Ludogorets, there is only one winner there.

The 26-year-old will likely have to settle for playing out wide instead, although his first two games for Liverpool on the flanks have not quite gone to plan. He will need time to settle in at Anfield, as it seems a much more viable option than trying to oust Sterling.

Lallana was more assertive when asked about his targets for the season ("to play as many games as possible and experience the Champions League and competing for the title").

And he also had plenty to say of centre-back Dejan Lovren, who Liverpool also signed from Southampton this summer for a fee of £20 million.

"He's a big personality and he's a technically gifted centre-half," Lallana added, "it'll help in the way we play football."

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