Adam Lallana's move to Liverpool for £25 million means that the Reds now have seven players from the England squad that travelled to Brazil.
Lallana's inclusion in the squad was part of Roy Hodgson's plans to bring a new group of young players through into the England team for the future.
At Liverpool, Lallana joins fellow young England players Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
While it may seem that a move from a smaller club like Southampton to a bigger club like Liverpool would be a bad thing; I believe it is a good thing.
Despite there being more competition for a spot in the starting XI at Liverpool, I believe that this will be to Lallana’s advantage.
With competition from players coming from overseas, Lallana will need to play at his best to gain a starting place and this will undoubtedly lead to improvements in his game.
The fact that Lallana will be training and playing with Henderson, Sturridge and Sterling weekly means that they will be able to get to know each other’s styles of play.
Therefore when they all play for England they will be comfortable with playing with each other. This will provide strong links between the midfield and attack, which will help England score more goals.
Steven Gerrard influence
Another reason why Lallana’s move to Liverpool will help England is the influence of Steven Gerrard. Having just retired from the England team after the World Cup in Brazil, Gerrard will solely be concentrating on Liverpool.
This therefore means that Gerrard can teach Lallana what he knows and help Lallana become a central part of England’s midfield like he was.
Last season Gerrard and Henderson’s link in the heart of the Liverpool midfield was a huge part of their unexpected title challenge. Despite this partnership not quite paying off in Brazil, Lallana and Henderson can still bring the potential success they have on the pitch at Liverpool together to benefit England in the long run.
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