With the January Transfer Window just about a month and half away, every team all across Europe will look to strengthen their squad come when they enter the second half of the campaign. Talking of Liverpool , the Reds from Merseyside will making to make some valuable additions to fuel their desire for a Champions League place. With Brendan Rodgers looking to continue his side’s sublime run of form so far, sitting second in the table, Liverpool would be on the lookout to add some valuable players in order to enhance their wafer thin squad.
If reports in Express are to be believed the Reds from Merseyside have been linked to Southampton’s striker Adam Lallana. The English international has been one of the driving forces of the Saints side so far this campaign and one of the mainstays of Mauricio Pocchetino’s ever so exuberant style, which has paid dividends so far. Llano has also been scouted by top clubs of the Premier League with Arsenal also showing keen interest in the 25 year old.
What has been wonderful to see for the Saints is the way Pocchetino has galvanized his squad and has allowed his players to play with freedom. A follower of the Marcelo Bielsa philosophy of pressing the opposition relentlessly, Pocchetino allows his players to drift in either wings thus changing flanks and play with more freedom and express themselves on the pitch.
So what would Liverpool get if they are to lay their hands on Lallana. The 25 year old is a natural central attacking midfielder who is very versatile on the wings and can even play as the second striker as a fitting fiddle to the classic number nine. The Englishman possesses a tremendous work ethic and is always willing to run the extra mile tracking back to help out his defence, a quality which former Reds player Dirk Kuyt always had in his locker. If stats are to be believed, according to WhoScored.com Lallana has won possession in the attacking third of the pitch 13 times this season – at least 5 more than any other player in the Premier League, a testament of his work ethic. He averages 1.7 key passes per game & 81.8% pass accuracy which is very good considering his tender age. He can only get better from this level.
Brendan Rodgers is said to be a huge admirer of Lallana’s style of play, which would blend well with the Liverpool boss’ footballing philosophy. The Reds are currently employing an attacking 3-5-2 formation with fluidity which needs creative players as the base for the lineup. As claimed by Bleacher Report: The 25 year old is keen to impress on England duty, and a move to Anfield—provided he is guaranteed first-team football—would surely only help him make his case for regular first-team opportunities on the international scene.
Moreover Lallana is also someone who loves to run at players taking on the defenders and has the panache to beat them at will. An always classy dribbler with dazzling footwork and nimble feet, he has the armor in his locker to make the proverbial difference when it comes to getting your feet away and clinch three points in crunch games. Liverpool might splash the cash for the Saints superstar this January, but the question is: Will Southampton budge and sell their best player?