The fact that Adam Lallana was nowhere to be found during Liverpool’s sensational win over Barcelona probably foreshadowed his future at the club.
Indeed, the former Southampton star has been plagued with injuries throughout this season, but unlike the injured Roberto Firmino or Mo Salah, Lallana looked a genuine outcast during the celebrations.
Amidst all the joy for Jurgen Klopp’s men, the 30-year-old is probably enduring much sorrow for not being a part of history. Unlike Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri – who despite getting little game-time all season were given the chance to create history – Lallana’s issues restricted him from doing so.
The 30-year-old was once a key piece of the puzzle. But many injuries later, he’s surely facing at an exit from Liverpool after the season. Lallana’s only made six starts in all competitions this season, being unable to bag a goal or an assist. In 16 appearances all total, his only contribution recently has been to maintain the flow of the heavy-paced style and keep distributing possession.
Lallana doesn’t replicate Henderson’s energy, Mane’s incisiveness or either of Liverpool’s wingbacks’ creativity. At this point, he’s only deadweight for Jurgen Klopp’s evolving squad. The 30-year-old will surely be shipped off in the summer but needs to gain full fitness to impress any Premier League side. A return to Southampton could be on the cards (as per the Mirror back in February), only if he shows signs of his lost ability.
It’s a sad end to one of the early beneficiaries of the Klopp era at Anfield. Under the German’s watch, the England ace looked a cut above the rest and was Harry Kane’s only genuine rival to be considered the best English player in the world from 2015-2017.
Perhaps he can find back life at St. Mary’s and prove a good fit for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side. Lallana’s ability to play through the middle or wings can make him an asset for Southampton, where he can create chances or express himself without any pressure.
Injuries have threatened to cut his career short in the past season or so. However, the 30-year-old can’t allow his personal demons to overwhelm him. He must fight through the storm to quickly regain his full fitness and survive in the Premier League or risk being forced to succumb to premature retirement.
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