Out of all the Southampton stars Liverpool have poached over the years, it must be Adam Lallana that has hurt them the most.
Why? Well, quite simply: he was a truly immense player for the Saints, back in the day.
Agile, technically gifted, creative clinical and an all-round total nightmare for the opposition to judge – we regard Lallana as the type of footballer who would almost certainly get lumps kicked out of him on a weekly basis if he played on a cold Sunday morning in the local park for the simple fact that he is absolutely mustard.
Come on, you know the kind we mean. We’ve all tried to boot someone who’s outsmarted us on the pitch, at one point or another – there’s no point denying it.
But don’t just take our word for it – the proof is most definitely in the pudding.
The Englishman played 260 games for the Saints in which he directly contributed towards 107 goals. Pretty special stuff considering the conundrum the club found themselves in for a large period of his playing career.
However, sometimes the world is not enough, and in 2014 the fairy-tale journey came crashing down as Lallana turned his back on the club that gave him everything and slithered off to Liverpool.
And to be quite honest, we’d argue that it was the biggest mistake of his career.
He had a chance to do something special with Southampton, to continue as the club captain for years and really create a legacy fans would be left talking about for years. But he chucked it all away for what? A place on the bench? A subservient role to something far, far greater than he? Seems nonsensical, doesn’t it.
Lallana has since appeared for Liverpool on 156 occasions, but injuries and strong competition for places has reduced his impact to almost non-existent these past few years. Just 568 minutes (shown on Transfermarkt) of football during the 2018/19 campaign says it all and he’s now linked (per the Express) with a return to the South Coast.
Nodoby wants him, surely.
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