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Lallana’s Liverpool move shows Reds can keep fighting for title

| 29.06.2014

With many reputable news sources reporting that Liverpool will soon tie up a £25m deal to bring England World Cup star Adam Lallana to Anfield, it appears the club are clearly unwilling to let the progress made in the Premier League last season stagnate.

Lallana’s World Cup experience will no doubt have been a frustrating one, as England crashed out in agonising fashion and the Southampton midfielder’s only start arrived in the dead rubber against Costa Rica.

Still, every cloud has a silver lining, and for Lallana said lining is taking the form of completing his dream move to Liverpool.

The World Cup may not have taught his Anfield admirers too much more about Lallana’s talents in the end, but Brendan Rodgers was clearly convinced already by the midfielder’s brilliant domestic campaign on the south coast.

Lallana, 26, will no doubt be heavily involved in England’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, while his capture is a great boon to Liverpool’s 15/2-rated chances of finally landing that elusive Premier League title.

Luis Suarez’s impending ban is obviously a huge negative. However, it’s basically a situation Liverpool coped with last season, only this time Rodgers is better equipped.

The Reds boss has two England strikers to call upon, rather than just Daniel Sturridge as cover for the disgraced Suarez, after Rickie Lambert signed before leaving for Brazil.

Lambert’s bedding-in period at Anfield will only be aided by the understanding he has forged with his skipper of last season at St Mary’s, who is now very likely to be supplying the ammunition.

Of course, Manchester City (7/4) and other big spenders of the summer so far Chelsea (2/1) and Manchester United
will have a thing or two to say – especially with United’s renewed focus under Louis van Gaal and lack of European distractions.

While if Arsenal (8/1) can come through on some of their own World Cup targets, such as Italy striker Mario Balotelli, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal or France right-back Mathieu Debuchy, they’ll be serious challengers once again.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.