Less than two months into the 2014-15 season, and already there has been a degree of revisionism around Adam Lallana’s time at Southampton. Given the rather contrasting fortunes Liverpool and the Saints have enjoyed so far this campaign, it is perhaps easy to see why.
But there were claims last month that the £25 million fee received for Lallana was not only generous, but had allowed Ronald Koeman to invest in a significant upgrade in Dusan Tadic. The Serbian has had a fine start to his career on the South Coast, and Southampton were treading heady heights near the top of the Premier League table while Lallana initially struggled to adjust to his new surroundings last month,
It was only natural that the England international would make a slow start, integrating not only with new team-mates, but with a host of other new signings who have had to adapt to a team which played in such a uniquely dynamic fashion last season. This, without taking into account the knee injury that wrecked his pre-season and knocked him back six weeks.