Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has explained to the Daily Echo how he’ll do with any boos and criticism he gets from Southampton fans this weekend.
Lallana made a big money move to Liverpool from the Saints last summer and is expecting some fans to get on his back when Brendan Rodgers’ side visit St Marys this weekend.
“Football is a fickle game, and if I get the jeers and the boos I will just take it that they (the Saints fans) miss me,” he said.
“I miss them, I miss the times I had at Southampton. I knew I would, because I had some fantastic times there.”
Lallana created a reputation for himself at Southampton under Mauricio Pochettino as one of the most exciting midfield talents in England.
While there may be some who feel he turned his back on the club, he clearly still has a lot of love and affection for his old side.
It’s important for Southampton’s cause that fans don’t go at him too hard, because it could act as inspiration for Lallana to step up and produce a top performance, as Liverpool chase a win.
He may have been a little inconsistent at Liverpool this season but he has the quality to make the difference in this game with one piece of skill or pass, which leads to a Liverpool goal.
Lallana has moved on, Southampton have moved on and Ronald Koeman will want Liverpool to worry about his talented side rather than the Saints focusing on one player in the opposition.