Liverpool legend backs newbie to shine

Former Liverpool and Southampton favourite Jimmy Case believes that £23m Adam Lallana will be a success at Anfield.

The England international looks set to make his move to Merseyside official in the next few days after travelling up from the South Coast to undergo a medical over the weekend.

Lallana has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool for some time now, but Southampton held firm despite numerous offers from Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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However, upon returning from the World Cup the playmaker made it clear to the Hampshire outfit that he wanted the move, resulting in a £23m fee – which may rise depending on add-ons – being agreed.

Case – who starred for both club involved in the deal – believes that the 26-year-old will thrive at Liverpool:

“I’m more than pleased Liverpool have bought him,” he si quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

“To be honest, I have always had a suspicion they may make a move for Lallana. He is a Brendan Rodgers type of player.

“I was speaking to people around Southampton a few years ago and even then I was saying it was a wonder nobody had come in to take Lallana when the club were in a lower division.

“His creativity is excellent, but it is always within the framework of the team. He works hard and doesn’t shirk responsibility.

“Liverpool are buying themselves a tremendously gifted forward player who, for me, is going to enhance the team. That’s why Brendan is willing to spend big money on him. He knows what Lallana can offer.”