Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in high spirits this week after seeing their side make it two wins out of two to start the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men began the campaign with a crushing 4-0 defeat of West Ham on the opening weekend to suggest that they could be ready to challenge for the title this term, yet they faced a tricky trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night in what would be another test of their title credentials. And the Reds produced a fine display with goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane sealing all three points for the Merseyside giants, thus maintaining their 100% start to the season.
As such, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, although many are pondering what the future may hold for midfielder Adam Lallana, given the investment Klopp has made in the centre of midfield during the summer.
The 30-year-old made the move to Anfield back in 2014 but it was only really following the arrival of Klopp as manager in which the England international really began to produce his best form, netting eight goals in the 2016/17 season to help the Reds return to the Premier League’s top four.
At that time, Lallana was a key player for both club and country and looked set for an integral role in Klopp’s side going forward, only for his 2017/18 campaign to be decimated by injury, resulting in the midfielder earning just 12 Premier League appearances for the Reds, just one of which coming as a start.
As such, questions were already being asked about whether or not the 30-year-old would be able to re-discover his best form for Liverpool going forward, and those doubts have been raised ten-fold over the summer following the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho.
Add in Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, and James Milner, the latter of whom appears to have re-established himself in the midfield after a prolonged stint at full back, and it’s difficult to see how Lallana features regularly in Klopp’s side this season.
And with the front three of Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino having netted over 90 goals between them last term, Lallana isn’t likely to dispose any of them from the starting eleven either – thus, the future is looking very bleak for the England international.
Yes, the 30-year-old may well have appeared for the Reds in Monday’s 2-0 win at Palace, but three-minute cameos are unlikely to be sufficient for a player of the calibre of Lallana – but he may have to make-do with that this season.
Ultimately, Liverpool appear to have moved on from the side that relied on the midfielder to pull the strings in the middle of the park, with many now able to do that more effectively and more efficiently than Lallana – his recent injury-record is also unlikely to fill fans with confidence either.
It’s a huge shame to see the 30-year-old’s career take something of a downward spiral in the last few years as a result of injury, as at one stage the £22.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) looked set to become an integral player for Liverpool, and indeed England.
Now though, there are many questions being asked about Lallana’s future at Anfield, but with the window shut now until January, they are questions that are unlikely to be answered anytime soon.
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