A £25 million signing from high-flying Southampton, Lallana’s time on the South Coast saw him excel in three divisions of English football, and win international honours. His first cap for the England squad was won in November 2013, and he was named in Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad for the 2014 World Cup. Despite poor results in many of the games he has featured in, the 26-year-old midfielder is generally receiving of favourable reviews, with his fleet-footed creative play often the difference maker in the final third.
However, he has failed to light up Anfield as of yet, with just one goal in six appearances, but he has promised to keep working hard to improve his game. A creative midfielder, the 12-capped international has revealed who he idolised when growing up, with former Juventus, Real Madrid, and France international Zinedine Zidane the favoured influence - an influence who is still used as a learning tool nowadays.
Talking to the official Liverpool website, Lallana said: “Interestingly, though, my idol growing up was former Real great Zidane.
“I watched a lot of him growing up. The way he plays. Even now, he's a coach at Real but I still go back and watch those clips.”
Before retiring in 2006, Zidane was one of the best playmakers in the world, being named FIFA World Player of the Year on three occasions, French Player of the Year on two occasions, and claiming the Balon d’Or in 1998. He won the World Cup and European Championships with France, before captaining his nation to the Final of the World Cup in 2006 - only to be infamously dismissed for headbutting Marco Materazzi.
Renowned for his elegance on the pitch, and highly stylised ball control, it is not a surprise to see Lallana influenced his own game on the basis of Zidane, and Liverpool fans will be keen to see the Englishman have the same sort of impact that Zidane did throughout his illustrious career.