Having arrived as the biggest signing of the summer, it was always going to be a tough job for Adam Lallana to impress many fans. A string of injuries ended up making it nearly impossible. He first fell injured during pre-season, and was less than sharp when he did work his way back to fitness, dropping straight into a Liverpool side in the midst of their worst start in modern history.
When he did fight his way back to match fitness, though, he looked good. Slick on the ball, creative, and hard working. And then he got injured again. And again. He also played through a handful of minor knocks—and a not so minor cracked rib. All told, he missed 13 games and over 90 days due to his various injuries, and it seemed as though even when he wasn’t out of action he was rusty and working back to match fitness.
"I’ve had a few injuries which have set me back in terms of my flow," said the player, who rather shockingly managed to miss more time with Liverpool last season than he did in the eight years he spent at Southampton. "I got going a couple of times, the team was on a good run, and then I got injured."
The good news, at least, should be that in a largely injury-free career last season stands out as quite the outlier. Lallana missed a lot of football, and his time out impacted his play even when he was available, but he isn’t an injury-prone player and seems far more likely than not to be fit and available throughout the coming season.
"There’s plenty more from me to come next season," said Lallana. "I feel at home at Liverpool, I feel I’ve settled in well, my family have settled and the fans have been great as well. I think we’ll learn from [last season]. The team has experienced it and we’ll have to come back and work twice as hard in pre-season. We need to look to put things right on the pitch, that’s all we can do.
"We got to two semi-finals and it was disappointing we could get to the finals. Then, in the end, finishing sixth, which was disappointing because our target was the top four."