Birthdate: 10 December 1985
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Other clubs: Rangers (2004-09), Ross County (loan 2004-05), St. Mirren (loan 2005-06), Blackpool (2009-11), Stoke City (2012-)
Bought from: Blackpool
Signed for LFC: £6.75m, 07.07.2011
International debut: 30.05.2007 vs. Austria
International caps: 24/0 (6/0 at LFC) - 19.11.2013
Liverpool debut: 13.08.2011
Last appearance: 23.08.2012
Debut goal: 27.08.2011
Last goal: 29.10.2011
Contract expiry: 31.08.2012
Win ratio: 48.65% W: 18 D: 10 L: 9
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 28 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 37 / 2
Adam did not become a regular in the Rangers team until the 2006/07 season but he was an immediate success, scoring 18 times from 74 competitive matches over two seasons. This success earned him a new five-year deal with Rangers in June 2007 but he failed to add to his goal tally in nine Scottish Premier League matches at the start of the 2008/09 season. Stuck on the left-wing and overweight Adam was subsequently loaned out to English Championship club Blackpool, for whom he was sent off during his debut! This lapse in discipline did not deter the seasiders from signing him permanently the following summer. Adam quickly became a firm fans’ favourite at Blackpool who were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the 2009/10 season. He scored a crucial penalty against Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the play-off semi-final before curling a wonderful free-kick into the Cardiff City goal in the final at Wembley, Blackpool prevailing 3-2 in an entertaining match.
At the turn of the year Blackpool looked to be in a comfortable position in the Premier League. Liverpool tried to buy 25-year-old Adam from Blackpool in the January 2011 transfer-window. Ian Holloway’s opinion at the time was that the offer was “disgraceful” for the key to Blackpool's survival. The club slid down the table with relegation confirmed on the final day of the season, despite Adam's efforts that got him nominated for Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year. Blackpool activated an option to extend his contract by another year, but six weeks later he had signed for Liverpool, despite Tottenham's last-ditch effort to steal him. Adam has gained a reputation as a dead-ball specialist corners, free-kicks and penalty-kicks, even scoring direct from a corner in February 2011. Alex Ferguson's quote: "Adam's corners are worth £10 million alone," didn't ring true as he struggled to impress Liverpool fans, although he did provide a few assists. He missed a penalty at Wigan in December and put another spot-kick into orbit during the shoot-out that followed the drawn League Cup final in February. Adam played in nearly 70% of Liverpool's first-team matches in 2011/12 but his debut campaign was ended by lateral knee ligament damage suffered against QPR on 21 March 2012. Maybe Adam was not suited to life at Liverpool where he was just a small fish in a big pond compared to life at Blackpool where he had been the big fish. Adam left Liverpool for Stoke City on the last day of the 2012 summer transfer window.
Adam played in twenty-seven of Stoke's thirty-eight Premier League matches in 2012-13, scoring three times.