It's not just goals that define a performance, but Adam Lallana is off the mark for Liverpool. At Anfield too. The former Southampton captain made a significant contribution for a side still finding its feet after a run of poor form. Steven Gerrard thrived in a return to the number ten position for the final fifteen minutes of the game; it was a cause for some mild celebration. The captain linked well with the lively Mario Balotelli and thankfully, the Liverpool native's cameo in the role has been compiled for public enjoyment. Jordan Henderson, like Lallana, is a diligent sort if a different kind of player. His running power, stamina, diligence, and willingness offers Liverpool a wonderful verticality. When he is not excessively restricted to running for others, he can break further forward and combine with others. He remains a wonderful one touch player. Outstanding.
The former Sunderland prodigy didn't just score the winner but provided the opening goal. The link up for the goal was delightful, but we know what Henderson can do now. But the man who gave Liverpool the lead? We are getting to know what Adam Lallana can do for Liverpool, too. Lallana's goal was reminiscent of quite a few goals he scored for Southampton last season when he got into the area. Drift past a player with a twist or a turn, pass with his one foot to a teammate, receive the ball in his stride, and finish with the other boot. Va va fucking voom.
It's vital that Liverpool's experienced Premiership signings for the first team thrive. Mario Balotelli, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren. Rickie Lambert is backup yet will need to show he can be counted on while the others are young and will be sensibly given time by Liverpool fans who know that being 20, 21, and 22 means that there will be bumps. Lallana is quickly setting the standard that his former Southampton colleague playing regularly in defence would do well to meet. There's time but the more experienced members drafted in over the summer have a role to play in providing stability, security, and consistency in the side.
The 26-year-old seems to be getting better with every game and soon enough, whatever Liverpool paid for his services won't matter. Stewart Downing Adam Lallana is not but anyone that's watched him play will already know that. It seems that Liverpool fans are recognising that with each performance Lallana provides where he shows increased match fitness and his silky, silky skills.