Liverpool and Southampton supporters are eagerly anticipating the meeting between the two sides in the Premier League this weekend, with both teams going into the clash off the back of contrasting recent results.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will head into the encounter at Anfield on Saturday having won each of their six matches in all competitions so far this season, the latest of which a mightily impressive 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier this week.
Yet things haven’t been going anywhere near as well for Mark Hughes’ Saints, who have mustered just one win in the Premier League so far this term, and will head into their trip to Merseyside this weekend seeking to bounce back after letting a two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw with Brighton on Monday night.
Nonetheless, both sets of supporters are likely to be looking forward to Saturday’s encounter, which could see a whole host of Liverpool players line up against their former club, what with Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, and Adam Lallana, to name but a few, currently on the books at Anfield.
And it’s how the career of the latter has panned out which is of particular interest, as it’s arguable that the seemingly injury-prone 30-year-old might have been better off had he not left St Mary’s.
Ultimately, the midfielder enjoyed a fantastic stint on the South Coast having come up through the ranks at Southampton before beginning his senior career there, eventually going on to make 260 appearances for the club, in which time he netted 59 goals and laid on 48 assists.
And in helping take the Saints from the depths of League One to the Premier League, Lallana became something of a hero at St Mary’s and was rightly recognised for his efforts by earning his England debut back in 2013 – a year later, and he was a Liverpool player.
And while things haven’t exactly been disastrous at Anfield since his move there just over four years ago, it’s arguable that the 30-year-old has enjoyed only one really good season on Merseyside, which came in the 2016/17 campaign as he helped Klopp’s side return to the Champions League.
Other than that though, things haven’t been plain sailing for Lallana, with his first few years very testing indeed in failing to really showcase his talents under former boss Brendan Rodgers, and thus struggle to live up to the £25 million price-tag.
And despite producing the goods in the 2016/17 campaign, in turn becoming a vital player for both club and country, he would have been hoping to kick-on, only for injuries to restrict him to just 12 Premier League appearances last term, and just one so far this time round.
In fact, it looks like Liverpool have moved on from Lallana being one of their most important players, thus plunging into doubt what the future holds for the 30-year-old at Anfield, and thus bringing into focus whether he did indeed make the right choice to leave Southampton four years ago.
And given the somewhat underwhelming way his career has panned out at Anfield, it’s arguable that he should have never left the Saints back in the summer of 2014.
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