On 1 July 2014, Liverpool completed the signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton.
Fenway Sports Group, who had Brendan Rodgers as their manager at the time, splashed out £27.9million on a player who was believed to be about to reach his potential.
Then just 26-years-old, the midfielder had been impressing with his performances for The Saints on the south coast, making him one of the Premier League’s top talents at the time and earning him a place in England’s World Cup squad.
The deal appeared to take an age to get done and plenty of fans were excited to finally welcome him to Liverpool.
— Keshav Kamat (@keshavkamat) July 2, 2014
@LFCIndia am really happy about this
— efetobor nelson (@efetobormena) July 1, 2014
— Jacky (@bjackyLFC) July 1, 2014
— Alexander Jacobsen (@AlexanderLFC5) July 1, 2014
Excited to join Twitter, but even more excited to welcome Adam Lallana to the LFC family.
— King Kolo (@LFCtalk96) July 1, 2014
Welcome to LFC Adam Lallana. A player who I think will fit perfectly into Rodgers style of football. Exciting signing. #LallanaLFC
— Liver Bird (@LFCbird_5x) July 1, 2014
Adam Lallana is a quality signing #lfc
— Terry McDermott (@TerryMac777) July 1, 2014
A number of fans took to Twitter to share their reactions about the transfer, with the majority of supporters sharing their delight.
However, things have not gone as well as Lallana and those supporters would have hoped and maybe have expected.
The midfielder has been blighted with injuries during his time at Anfield and has since only been able to make 151 appearances during his time at the club.
He has shown glimpses of why Liverpool spent almost £28m on him, having hit 21 goals and providing 20 assists.
However, the fact that he appears to be constantly dealing with injuries will have frustrated him, Jurgen Klopp and fans at the club.
Taking just this season into account, Lallana has featured just 11 times across all competitions and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes.
Liverpool will be hoping the midfielder, who is now 30, will have put all his troubles behind him and will be able to play a key role in the final few months of the season as they continue to chase the Premier League title and their Champions League campaign.
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