Adam Lallana’s injury hit first season at Liverpool have left some supporters questioning whether or not the former Southampton captain’s big money move from the South Coast was money well spent, but in England’s narrow win over Slovenia yesterday, the 27-year old gave Kopites everywhere hope that he’ll be back to his best by the time the Premier League season kicks off.
Trailing their hosts at the break, the Reds midfielder replaced the injured Phil Jones at half-time and was involved from the get-go, creating the havoc in the opposition box that lead to a poor clearance and Jack Wilshere smashing in the equalizer. The Arsenal man would pull the Three Lions into the lead with an absolutely stunning effort fifteen minutes later with Lallana’s clever flick creating space for the man of the match midfielder.
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Nejc Pecnik would make things difficult for the visitors by drawing Slovenia level with only six minutes left to play, but Wayne Rooney’s late strike would ensure that England remain unbeaten in Euro 2016 qualifying thus far. Considering the general apathy large sections of Liverpool’s support have for the international setup, coupled with their easy qualifying group, this news won’t make the kind of waves in the Reds community that it might for fans of the Three Lions, but Lallana’s impressive showing will be well noted.
Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, who both completed 90-minutes in the 3-2 win, had relatively quiet outings in comparison with the latter missing some memorable opportunities in the first half. Maybe the youngster will have to have a word with his teammate about how to really make an impact. While Lallana still has some way to go before he’s fully embraced by the Reds support, he showed that when he’s played in the correct position he can do some damage.