Birthdate: 10 May 1988
Birthplace: St Albans, England
Other clubs: Southampton (2006-14), Bournemouth (loan 2007)
Bought from: Southampton
Signed for LFC: £25m, 01.07.2014
International debut: 15.11.2013 vs. Chile
International caps: 29/3 (20/3 at LFC) - 15.11.2016
Liverpool debut: 13.09.2014
Last appearance: 11.02.2017
Debut goal: 04.10.2014
Last goal: 27.12.2016
Contract expiry: 2018
Win ratio: 47.01% W:55 D:33 L:29
Games/goals ratio: 5.85
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 80 / 16
Total LFC games/goals: 117 / 20
Player profileHaving signed Rickie Lambert from Southampton on 2 June Liverpool attempted to also buy Lambert’s team-mate and the Saints’ captain, Adam Lallana, before the 2014 World Cup finals commenced in Brazil. England’s early exit from that tournament meant that almost as soon as the player had landed back on British soil the transfer saga resumed with interest, especially as comments from the player made it clear that he was (a) keen to move on from Southampton and (b) just as keen to join Lambert at Liverpool.
The Saints’ reluctance to accept Liverpool’s initial offer of twenty million pounds stemmed from the 25% sell-on clause they would have to pay when the Hertfordshire-born youngster moved from Bournemouth’s Centre of Excellence to Southampton’s Academy soon after the millennium. Once Liverpool had upped their offer by about twenty-five per cent from the original figure, there was nothing to stop the midfielder making the move north.
The youngster had progressed well after he had made the short move along the south coast from Dorset to Hampshire as a twelve-year-old. Southampton reached the F.A. Youth Cup final in 2005 where they were narrowly beaten on aggregate by Ipswich Town; and they were beaten semi-finalists a year later. The 2006/07 season saw young Adam appear in Southampton’s senior team for the first time when he played against Yeovil Town in the League Cup in August followed three days later by his first Football League appearance against Preston North End. But he only made the senior match-day squad on four more occasions during that season. In the autumn of 2007 Southampton allowed him to return to Bournemouth on a one-month loan deal and he made three appearances for the Cherries in League One plus one in the Football League Trophy before making five more appearances in The Championship after returning to Southampton. With his teenage years now behind him the big breakthrough came in 2008/09. Although his club had a miserable season finishing second from bottom and being relegated to League One, Lallana played in 40 of the 46 league matches, scoring once in an early-season defeat at Loftus Road by Queens Park Rangers (he also scored in a League Cup victory over Birmingham City).
Two quick relegations had dented the club’s pride but not the resolve of its players to rectify things on the pitch. Adam Lallana was a regular member of the team that returned Southampton to the Championship in 2011 and to the Premier League after a seven-year absence in 2012, at which point he was named club captain. In that second promotion season Adam’s reputation grew as not just a goal-scorer but also a goal-maker. It wasn’t a surprise that he adapted well to life in the top division. At the time Liverpool made their move in the late-spring/early-summer of 2014 Lallana had appeared in just under 90% of Southampton’s league fixtures in the previous two seasons and had contributed twelve goals as the Saints re-established themselves as a Premier League club by finishing 14th in 2013 before climbing to a very creditable 8th in 2014. During 2013-14 he broke into the England squad, making his debut in a friendly against Chile at Wembley then in the World Cup he featured in all three of England's group games.
A player who is equally strong with both feet, his technique allows him to seemingly glide past the opposition despite him not being the quickest or strongest of players. Probably, along with Emre Can, he was the most successful of the summer signings of 2014, quite possibly because he had prior knowledge of the English game. Although his strike rate wasn't as good as it had been at Southampton many of his goals there had come in the lower divisions. Lallana was in and out of the team in the first half of the season but made twenty-one of his forty-one appearances after the turn of the year. His joy at opening his scoring account for his new club against West Bromwich Albion in October was there for all to see and he would add five more goals before the end of the season. In 2015-16 he started 38 games in all competitions and his best moment was probably the last gasp winning goal in a bizarre 5-4 win at Norwich in which the Reds had conceded an injury time equaliser.
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|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Bournemouth||2007-2008||League One England||3||0||4||0|
|Southampton||2009-2010||League One England||44||15||56||20|
|Southampton||2010-2011||League One England||36||8||41||11|
|Southampton||2012-2013||England Premier League||30||3||30||3|
|Southampton||2013-2014||England Premier League||38||9||42||10|