How much have injuries ruined Lallana’s campaign…?
Our most expensive summer signing of 2014, Adam Lallana, has expressed his disappointment at his individual exploits since his mega-money move…
The 26-year-old cost us £25m (via the BBC), which many Liverpool fans at the time believed to be overinflated.
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And when you consider Chelsea acquired Cesc Fabregas for a similar fee, Lallana’s return this season has probably not justified the price-tag, although injuries have been the primary reason for his inconsistencies.
“It’s not gone great,” Lallana began, reported in the Echo.
“It started off with injury and I’ve had another over the last few weeks with a few more in between.
“It’s been quite frustrating if I’m being honest and I haven’t been out on the pitch as much as I’d have liked.
“Getting injured and missing pre-season I feel played a big part in my recurring injuries. It’s a very important part for a footballer to get the basis of the fitness in.
“But I want to be fully fit for the run-in, we’ve still got an outside chance of making the top four, and that’s something I want to be a part of. And obviously the last game of the season is the FA Cup final.
“I’m looking to come back in next season, get a good basis in with my fitness and kick on from there.”
With Daniel Sturridge similarly suffering with various injury problems, it will be important for us to have Lallana available, as he’ll provide great backup to Raheem Sterling and Coutinho, our first-choice attacking midfielders, in the final third.
If one of the pair plays a false-9 role in Sturridge’s absence, Lallana would be the natural choice to fill one of the advanced midfield positions – and it would great for him to add to his five goals in all competitions.
We’re not giving up on you yet, Adam!