Liverpool hero thrilled with big summer signing

John Aldridge believes that Adam Lallana’s display against Everton in the Merseyside derby is the ideal foundation on which he can build a successful Liverpool career.

The England international joined the Reds from Southampton over the summer in a deal worth around £25m, but was unable to help his new side during the opening weeks of the campaign due to injury.

Brendan Rodgers has been slowly bedding him into his XI over the course of the past few games, and showed faith in the playmaker by chucking him in for the crunch game with Everton on Saturday.

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Lallana was one of Liverpool’s more impressive performers at Anfield, with his all-energy style and eye for a pass on display as last season’s league runners-up drew 1-1.

Aldridge was impressed with the 26-year-old, and believes that he will prove to be a good buy for his old team:

“There’s nothing like a derby to get a player’s Liverpool career up and running, and I felt Adam Lallana did exactly that on Saturday.” He wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

“He will have been as frustrated as anyone at having to wait to make his debut, but I think he has looked very promising over the last few weeks.

“Against Everton, he was everywhere, working hard, looking to play forward and create, and showing a lot of quality on the ball.

“We know he is a good player. There’s a reason we spent £25m on him, after all.

“And as he gets fitter and more in tune with his teammates, I think he will develop into a cracking signing for the club.”

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