Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has revealed why he had to join the club over the summer.
Lallana was involved in one of the biggest deals of the summer transfer window when he completed a £25 million switch from Southampton and he says he had to do it for the sake of his career.
“Knowing of that interest was attractive for me with Liverpool being such an historic club,” said Lallana.
“The manager [Brendan Rodgers] was a big influence, and the way he played his football. Champions League football is another level, too. You want to be playing that and testing yourself. Leaving Southampton was a very, very hard decision but one I had to make.”
Saints fans will immediately argue that he made the wrong call due to the different positions of the sides in the Premier League.
Southampton are three points ahead of Liverpool in the league and only one point behind Manchester City, who are trying to retain their Premier League title.
However, it will be a huge ask for the Saints to maintain their position in the top four over the rest of the season, which would provide them with Champions League football, the main motive for Lallana pushing for the move.
He’s only made two appearances in the Champions League so far this season but it’s an opportunity he couldn’t have gambled he’d get had he stayed down on the south coast.
“At the age I was at my career, and with Mauricio [Pochettino] leaving as well, it just felt the right time for me to test myself. Being Liverpool, it was a great opportunity.”
Southampton have recovered well after losing several key players over the course of the summer but Lallana doesn’t regret his decision but is eager to maintain the positive relationships he built up during his time at St Marys.