Adam Lallana has experienced a steady, if not disappointing, start to life as a Liverpool player. Nonetheless, he finally provided some justification for his £25 million price-tag on Saturday, as he scored a superb opening goal against West Bromwich Albion.
The former Southampton captain finished a lovely move, after a superb flicked pass by Jordan Henderson, to score his first Premier League goal in 189 days.
His strike put the club 1-0 to the good just before half-time, before a controversial penalty decision helped West Brom level matters in the 56 minute. However, Liverpool soon hit back, with Henderson getting what proved to be the winner to secure a much needed three points.
The England international, recruited from the South Coast this summer, proved integral in his side's win, both in an attacking and defensive capacity. His intensity and work-rate is perhaps most admired by the Anfield faithful. He is a tireless player who is more than prepared to run for the entire 90 minutes in midfield.
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Lallana accumulated 60 touches against the Baggies, by no means the highest total in Saturday's encounter, but he was one of the club's more threatening players.
The 26-year-old's ball control and dribbling ability is simply excellent, and he displayed this against the Baggies, posing a constant threat when in possession. He completed four dribbles in total - more than any other player - while drawing three fouls.
He recorded two shots in total, both of which hit the target. His first strike coaxed Ben Foster into making a save, but his second gave the Baggies shot stopper very little chance. He further aided his side in the final third by fashioning one key pass.
In creative terms he was excellent, yet he also carried out his more basic duties with efficiency. He attempted 35 passes in total, 83% of which were accurate.
Defensively, he also earned plaudits. This is, in part, due to his tireless work ethic. He weighed in with one interception and two clearances, and while he was unsuccessful in his one attempted tackles and two aerial duels, his desire to assist his side at the back was clear to see.
Despite suffering with an injury at the start of the campaign, Lallana seems to settled in very quick at Anfield. While the football in his first few appearances hasn't quite been up to scratch, his work-rate and incredible football ability has seen him improve game-by-game. It won't take him long to repay his £25 million transfer fee.