By Harry Ewbank
It has been a successful month for Liverpool’s forgotten midfielder Adam Lallana, whose return to semi-prominence has seen him appear in four of the Reds’ last six games.
In true Divock Origi style, the 31-year-old came out of nowhere to salvage a point as Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago – the question is, could this spark a similar resurgence?
Lallana played the full 90 minutes in the dramatic 5-5 cup spectacle against Arsenal, but perhaps more surprisingly was given the task of replacing Fabinho at the weekend.
The Brazilian was rested on Saturday ahead of next weeks crucial tie against Manchester City, with Klopp trusting the Englishman to make a first Premier League start since March.
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Whether this spell will help galvanise his Anfield career and get a new deal on the table is hard to tell, but a re-emergence also means interest from elsewhere.
Defining moments in a red shirt
For a boyhood blue playing in red, the possibility of being successful at Anfield in normally high. The likes of Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman all grew up as Evertonians, but their heads were all turned at a young age.
After his blistering form in the Premier League with Southampton, the then 26-year-old made the switch to Merseyside in July 2014 – ending a 12-year association with the south coast club.
Debut – September 13, 2014
A substitute appearance in Liverpool’s 1-0 home defeat against Aston Villa. His first goal for the club came in a 2-1 victory at Anfield against West Brom, where neat build up play with Jordan Henderson allowed him to strike low across goal with his left foot.
He would go on to score five goals in his first season for the Reds under Brendan Rodgers.
Norwich 4-5 Liverpool – January 23, 2016
Despite only making a substitute appearance on the day, the word impact sub again comes to mind for Lallana. The game came early in Jürgen Klopp’s tenure and the Reds sat outside the European places in the table.
Defensive frailties were certainly the main issue for the new manager to deal with, and after Sébastien Bassong found the net in the 92nd minute it looked like it would be two points dropped at Carrow Road.
However, up stepped Lallana to bundle home in the fifth minute of added time to send the Reds’ staff, players and fans alike into absolute pandemonium.
The celebrations saw Christian Benteke send Klopp’s glasses flying – unfortunately for the striker that’s probably his most memorable moment in a Liverpool shirt apart from an overhead kick against Manchester United…
Luck not always on his side
Probably the most fortuitous goal of Lallana’s career came in his debut for the club. In a home encounter with Swansea, goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański would go to clear the ball away before seeing the ball hurtle back into his own net off Lallana’s backside.
Luck hasn’t been on his side since though. A number of injuries blighting his progress in the last couple of years. In fact, since his move to Merseyside, he has picked up four separate hamstring injuries – with the longest ruling him out for 21 games and 117 days of action.
So, what next?
Interest in Lallana has been the big talking point of late, with Chinese and MLS clubs reportedly set to swoop. With a contract running down, January or summer would be a perfect time for any tea to acquire the midfielder’s services – but he still can be effective for Liverpool.
Whether that’s into next season who knows, but if he continues to work hard and keep fit then he could easily see a contract on the table in the near future.
The summer may, in turn, work out as a good time for an Anfield departure. Nevertheless, he certainly has much more to give in the Premier League or at top level football as one thing is for certain – there’s no doubting his brilliant technique and ability.