26-year-old England international Lallana completed a switch to Liverpool over the summer, signing for a £25 million fee from Southampton.
Alongside former Saints teammates Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, Lallana arrived with the expectation of leading the Reds to the Premier League title - their first since the competition’s inception - but an 11th placed position heading into the hectic Christmas period has left Anfield dour after the highs of last season. Whilst Lallana is not to blame for the Merseyside club’s misfortune, injury has prevented him from excelling since his move from the South Coast, and he failed to make his debut for Brendan Rodgers’ men until their fourth Premier League fixture. He has just one goal since his transfer, and he has been having negligible game-winning impact, despite some impressive solo performances.
However, the Reds are still targeting silverware this season, and they travel to Lallana’s former club Bournemouth in the League Cup quarter-finals in December, and the 12-capped England international told the official Liverpool website that winning a trophy was one of his aims for his debut season at Anfield.
The former Saints captain said: “My aim for this season is to settle in as well as I can to the group and contribute as much as possible to getting into the top four again.
“And hopefully win a bit of silverware. We feel that if we keep working hard, a really good performance is around the corner.”
Despite believing that a ‘really good performance is around the corner’, it is hard to see when Liverpool will kick-start their faltering season. Premier League ties with Crystal Palace, Stoke and Leicester look to be more challenging with each passing week, and they face Manchester United and Arsenal either side of their League Cup tie. In current form, Bournemouth surely enter the fixture as favourites, and performances in the Champions League offer little promise, with qualification for the knock-out stages looking more and more distant with each passing game.
If Liverpool intend to turn around their performances and start clinching some must needed results, they will be looking for Lallana to finally put in the game winning performances he was brought to Anfield to do.