Liverpool’s signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton in the summer transfer window caused quite a stir and debate.
The England international midfielder had enjoyed a truly brilliant 2013-14 season with the Saints and was one of the best players in the Premier League that campaign.
However, the Reds’ willingness to pay as much as £25 million for the 26-year-old raised concerns among many. Was Lallana really worth that much?
Lallana has still not completely convinced everyone that he is really a £25m player, but his performances for Liverpool in the Premier League this season have suggested that he could prove to be a good addition to the team.
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The attacking midfielder was one of the best Liverpool players at Anfield in the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday.
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After the match which ended in a 1-1 draw, Lallana admitted that he is still getting into the groove of things, pointing out that a knee injury he picked up in pre-season has not helped him settle in Brendan Rodgers’s team.
'I don't want to make excuses, but I did miss pre-season', he told Liverpool's official website. 'It's a valuable part of getting the rustiness out. It's just going to be with game time now.
'Because of the injuries we've had, I've probably played a lot more than I would have done coming back from injury. But it has been great - that's what you need as a player. I felt great out there, fitness-wise, and it's just disappointing we couldn't get the three points'.
Lallana showed last season that he is a quality attacking midfielder, but he will have to step up his game as the season progresses.
Competitive for places in Liverpool’s starting line-up is fierce, and with the team struggling at the moment, the Englishman needs to get stuck in rightaway.