Glenn Hoddle suggests Roberto Firmino’s signing is bad news for Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

Former Chelsea midfielder Glenn Hoddle comments on Liverpool’s signing of Roberto Firmino.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has suggested on Kicca.com that Roberto Firmino’s arrival at Liverpool could have a negative impact on Adam Lallana.

Firmino, a Brazil international, has joined the Merseyside outfit from German club Hoffenheim on a long-term contract, as announced on Liverpool’s official website earlier this week.

The 23-year-old is an attacking midfielder who can also play as a forward, and his arrival is expected to make Brendan Rodgers’s side more potent in attack.

Former Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Hoddle believes that the signing of Firmino is not good news for Lallana, who is also an attacking midfielder and joined the Reds in the summer of 2014.

“He’s (Firmino) got a good reputation as a goal scoring midfield player,” the former Chelsea midfielder wrote on KIcca.com. “He’s not a leader of the line but he’s an attacking midfield player that scores goals.

“This is a classic case of why the England team suffers going forward. If Coutinho, a foreigner, if Firmino, a foreigner, comes in and they are in that same mould as maybe Lallana.

“Lallana gets pushed out wide for England at times for Liverpool. For me when he has come on for England he has proved best in the middle. He’s a very good attacking player and has some great ability.

"But he doesn’t feel at home anywhere at the moment whether in an England shirt or a Liverpool shirt. I hope these two lads don’t squash his ability or his opportunities to play for club.”

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Lallana is a very good attacking midfielder who had a decent debut season for Liverpool during the 2014-15 campaign.

The 27-year-old England international scored five goals and created 32 chances in 27 Premier League appearances.

The former Southampton star had a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 46%, and won 17 headers, 30 dribbles and 40 tackles.

Lallana is at his best when playing down the middle, and the presence of Firmino and Philippe Coutinho is going to force him to work hard for that position.

The Englishman will not be guaranteed a place in the Liverpool starting line-up, and he will have to be on top of his game whenever he is given a chance.

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