Lallana could be deployed on the left, in central midfield, or in the pocket behind a striker…
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Liverpool today completed the £25m signing of Southampton skipper Adam Lallana, confirmed the club’s official website.
His new manager Brendan Rodgers highlighted the 26-year-old’s versatility and tactical awareness as a key reason for his signing.
“We have seen, over the past two seasons in the Barclays Premier League, he has a tactical awareness to adapt to what is required of him and to put the team above his personal ambitions,” said the Northern Irishman.
“He has leadership skills and personal qualities that make him a special commodity and I am delighted we have acted decisively to make sure he is wearing a Liverpool shirt next season.”
It’s clear then that Rodgers, a manager known for changing tactics and formations throughout matches, reckons Lallana will be able to perform a number of different roles with the Reds.
As a result, we’ve collated five scenarios and formations Lallana could play, depending on Liverpool’s activity during the rest of the market, that show how Lallana could be used at Anfield next term.
1) *The scenario where Liverpool keep Suarez*
If the Uruguayan sensation stays, Brendan Rodgers will surely not want to break up Suarez’s breathtaking strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge up top.
He regularly accommodated the two up front by deploying a diamond formation, with Raheem Sterling usually at the top.
Lallana could seamlessly slot into this fluid side, with Steven Gerrard providing the platform from which he can perform, and Jordan Henderson providing the leg-work and pressing to the captain’s right.
This would enable Lallana to get forward up the left, drift into central attacking positions, and help the side retain possession in the centre next to his English teammates.