Adam Lallana was a key player for Southampton last season, continuing the resurgence of the south coast club after they returned from the third tier of English football back to the Premier League. At Liverpool, however, the 26-year-old can expect to fight for his place with several young stars.
The likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, two attacking players who can play in the middle and on the wing, will be vying for the same position as the former Saints man. This is a good problem for Brendan Rodgers, who likes players to be able to play different positions. The increased competition may not be so good for some of the Liverpool squad, though, who will now need to fight hard for their places.
The players last season had a comforting thought that nobody could replace them because the Reds’ bench was weak, as it included the likes of on-loan flop Victor Moses and Iago Aspas, who both struggled to make an impact. It is evident that the bench is now being beefed up, with Lallana’s former team-mate at Southampton Rickie Lambert and defensive midfielder Emre Can being brought in. Lambert may be getting on a bit, but he still knows where the net is having scored 13 Premier League goals last season, whilst the young German Can has been compared to Bastian Schweinsteiger. Both players are clearly ready to fight their way into the starting lineup.
It will be interesting to see who misses out on the opening day of the season when the Reds take on Southampton at Anfield. What we do know is that Liverpool are fast becoming an exciting team, with the signing of Adam Lallana only the beginning of their evolution.
Reds Linked With Young Belgium Striker – Why The Move Could Benefit The Player Long-Term
One of the youngest Judi Bola Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 stars to make a name for himself at this summer’s World Cup is Belgium striker Divock Origi. According to the Independent, Liverpool have agreed a fee of around £10 million with French club Lille in order to sign him.
The 19-year-old forward managed to displace Romelu Lukaku in the starting lineup for his country as they impressively reached the quarter-finals. Considering the tournament in Brazil was the first the nation had competed in for 12 years, having also failed to qualify for any of the European Championships in that period, the side’s progression was a sign of a bright future for Belgium.
Origi is now central to Belgian fans’ hopes of seeing their country not only qualify but succeed in international competitions. Euro 2016 is the next one up and, with their neighbours France hosting it, there may be more of a homely feel to it for the team than this year’s trip to South America. As well as their young players gaining a couple more years of experience, playing in familiar conditions could help Belgium do even better.
One way of Origi ensuring he continues to be picked for the national side is to play regularly for a top European club. Joining the Reds would certainly be a step in the right direction on that front.